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During Mondayâs episode of HBOâs The Defiant Ones, the words âIâm sorryâ actually fell from the mouth ofÂ Dr. DreÂ regarding his 1991Â attack onÂ Dee Barnes.
In Part TwoÂ of directorÂ Allen HughesâÂ four-part documentary onÂ the careers of Dre and industry veteranÂ Jimmy Iovine,Â Barnes detailed the events leading up to herÂ assault and its lasting effect.Â Dre, in a separate interview, expressed regret over theÂ violent incident.
âAny man who puts his hands on a female is a fâing idiot. Heâs out of his fâing mind, and I was out of my fâing mind at the time. I fâed up, I paid for it, Iâm sorry for it, and I apologize for it,â he said. âI have this dark cloud that follows me, and itâs going to be attached to me forever. Itâs a major blemish on who I am as a man.â
Dreâs ire toward Barnes was rooted in an episode of her hip hop TV series Pump It Up! She was on the set ofÂ John SingletonâsÂ Boyz N the Hood preparing to interview rapperÂ Yo YoÂ whenÂ Ice CubeÂ (who starred in the film and had just left N.W.A.) interrupted their on-camera Q&A to dis his former group.
Prior to this event, Barnes had interviewed N.W.A, also for Pump It Up! Once both segments were in the can, producerÂ Jeff ShoreÂ told Barnes he wouldÂ edit the two interviews togetherÂ for an episode, which Barnes neverÂ realized would cause trouble.
âI was 22 at the time. Iâm not Oprah,â sheÂ said in the doc. âI didnât know there was still more internal struggles in the group. Not even after Cube left.â
In January 1991, Dre spotted Barnes at a release party for rap duoÂ BWP. Still smoldering over N.W.A.âs âPump It Up!â episode, he assaultedÂ her, according to police reports. âWhen I say he snatched me up, my feet were off the ground,â Barnes said. âEverybody knows the story from there.â
According to her $22 million civil suit against Dre for assault and battery, heÂ allegedly grabbed her hair, slammed her face and body into a wall and kicked her in the ribs.
âIâve done a lot of stupid s**t in my life, a lot of things that I wish I could go and take back,â Dre says in the documentary. âIâve experienced abuse. Iâve watched my mother get abused. Thereâs absolutely no excuse for it. No woman should ever be treated that way.â
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