Dr. Dre is coming clean about his past transgressions against women.
The 50-year old super producer attacked former television personality Dee Barnes in 1991 at a record release party. He pleaded no contest. As a result he was placed on two years’ probation, ordered to perform 240 hours of community service and had to produce an anti-violence public service announcement.
Singer Michel’le Toussaint, the mother of Dre’s 24-year old son, has been very vocal about the alleged abuse she suffered at the hands of the Aftermath EntertainmentCEO.
In a new interview with the New York Times, Dre apologized, saying that he’s now a changed man.
“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, where Dre works as a consultant also issued a statement
“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.”