Was Dr. Dre’s apology effective?

The rapper’s mea culpa to ‘the women I’ve hurt’ also spurred a response from Apple, which owns his Beats by Dre headphones brand.

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Given the opportunity to produce a movie based on their life as a youth, most people would leave out some not-so-savory details. After all, we all make mistakes. In Dr. Dre’s case, the mistake was violence against women, and the movie is the summer hit “Straight Outta Compton.”

The movie has seen its share of box office success, but also criticism for leaving out instances of domestic abuse.

One of Dre’s alleged victims, Dee Barnes, wrote about her experience for Gawker. She says she’s not surprised that the incident where Dre beat her in 1991 (a charge to which he pled no contest) was left out of the film. However, she writes:

But what should have been addressed is that it occurred. When I was sitting there in the theater, and the movie’s timeline skipped by my attack without a glance, I was like, “Uhhh, what happened?” Like many of the women that knew and worked with N.W.A., I found myself a casualty of Straight Outta Compton‘s revisionist history.

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