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Apple and Beats co-founder Dr. Dre released statements on Friday regarding the rapper’s contentious past. With the recent opening of the film “Straight Outta Compton,” which tells the origin story of Dre’s hip-hop group N.W.A., several questions have arisen regarding abuse allegations from the 1990’s.

During the decade, Dr. Dre was accused of assaulting several women, including his girlfriend at the time and former television host Denise “Dee” Barnes. Since its debut, members of the media have been questioning why the events were missing from the Compton film, and today, Dre commented on the matter.

Speaking with The New York Times, he said:

“Twenty-five years ago I was a young man drinking too much and in over my head with no real structure in my life. However, none of this is an excuse for what I did. I’ve been married for 19 years and every day I’m working to be a better man for my family, seeking guidance along the way. I’m doing everything I can so I never resemble that man again.

I apologize to the women I’ve hurt. I deeply regret what I did and know that it has forever impacted all of our lives.”

Apple also provided a statement to The Times:

“Dre has apologized for the mistakes he’s made in the past and he’s said that he’s not the same person that he was 25 years ago. We believe his sincerity and after working with him for a year and a half, we have every reason to believe that he has changed.”

Already known for producing and rapping on some of hip-hop’s biggest albums, Dr. Dre co-founded premium headphone-maker Beats Electronics with high-profile record label executive Jimmy Iovine in 2006. In 2014, Apple purchased the company, along with its newly-launched streaming service, for $3 billion.

As part of the acquisition, Dre signed on at Apple as a “top consultant,” and he currently hosts a weekly show on Beats 1 Radio called “The Pharmacy”. Earlier this month, the rapper released his first full album in more than 15 years, Compton, which is believed to have sold close to 300K copies during its first week.

Source: The New York Times

  • AngryDingo

    Throw gays off buildings in Islamic countries. Beat women. Apple doesn’t care as long as product moves.

    But refuse to bake a cake? Cook won’t stand for that.

    • Rupinder


      • jaysoncopes

        It was a joke. Ha. Ha. Get it? Cook? Bake a cake?

        Jk, it was a lighthearted way to finish a ‘-ist rant’.

      • Rupinder

        I get it lol

    • Connecting Mac User 

      Hey AngryBingo, wha d f**k did u just say? I think u should be crystal when writing stuff in the public forum so people don’t get headache tryin to catchup 🙁

    • Maxim∑

      What do you expect Apple to do about ISIS? Or governments outside there influence?

      Its a tech company you idiot. You have 0 logic or common sense

      • AngryDingo

        I don’t expect Apple to do a thing about ISIS. But it isn’t only ISIS murdering gays. That’s why I didn’t say ISIS. I said “Islamic countries.”

        Saudia Arabia, Qatar, and other muslim countries kill gays. Apple has opened or is expanding their retail presence in those countries.

      • o_O

        There is no such thing as ethics in business. There are only 2 rules in business. Let me tell you:
        1. Make Money
        2. Obey the law – This is only a rule because not obeying the law will cost you money

      • Rowan09

        So murdering gays should be their only stance? What about poverty and capitalism in America?

      • bgk17

        ISIS is ran by our government.

      • Drapnel

        yup peeps need to do more research

    • iPhoneWINS

      lol @ throw gays off buildings…hahahahhaha

      • AngryDingo

        Perhaps you should educate yourself on what happens in other countries.

      • dudeimmexican

        Gotta educate yourself on that. It’s a horrible sight to see, but yes, it does happen, unfortunately

  • Rowan09

    In this political correct era everything needs an explanation. I didn’t even see the reason for this apology, but hey it is what it is.

    • o_O

      Because all the people he beat up are all speaking up now and they omitted all of his violent nature from SOC as if to try and hide the reality like a coward. The truth is the raw truth is too much and they don’t want to show it. and they pretending like it never happened.

      • Rowan09

        Anyone that knows the story knows the truth it’s not like this movie isn’t based on reality. No one would sign off on a movie showing negative things about themselves, it’s his past which he’s grown and left behind due to the circumstances he was raised in.

      • That_Fruitarian

        Maybe because the movie is about NWA(you know the group) and not a Dr Dre biography. Just a guess though.

  • bgk17

    He would be more believable has he actively worked on himself over the years and actually reached out to these women personally to apologize. This, to me, is just some status quo mambo.

    • That_Fruitarian

      How do you know he hasn’t? Do you know the ins of his personal life?

  • Uhm…that happened long time ago…

  • Patak Zita

    I love this, dre and tim cook ahahah