Dr. Dre's career may be at an all time high, but his abusive past is coming back to haunt him.
The rapper and music mogul co-produced the box office success Straight Outta Compton, a biopic about his group N.W.A. that is receiving praise for its illustration of police harassment against black men.
But critics have also called out the film for ignoring allegations and criminal charges that Dre physically abused women.
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In the past, the 50-year-old has been dismissive about the allegations.
But on Friday, the billionaire apologized for his past behavior in a statement, saying:
"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."
The allegations are decades old, so he could have kept silent. While he didn't respond to the individual allegations, he added:
"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."
Dre's business partners are sticking by his side in the midst of this resurfacing controversy. Apple, where the entrepreneur works as a top consultant after they purchased his music company Beats, 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."
Of course, the apology doesn't excuse him for his actions, but we applaud the rapper for owning up to what he's done!
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