The Journalist Who Was Attacked By Rap Mogul Dr. Dre Over A Piece She Wrote About His Former Bandmate Ice Cube's Feud With Their Former Band N.w.a. Has Taken Aim At The Filmmakers Of New Biopic Straight Outta Compton For Not Even Mentioning The Incident In The Movie.
Dre spotted Dee Barnes at a nightclub after the Cube interview was published in 1991 and allegedly grabbed her hair and kicked her in the ribs after she threw a drink in his face.
The altercation was included in an original draft of the script for the N.W.A. biopic, according to Rolling Stone magazine and the Los Angeles Times, but director F. Gary Gray chose not to run with the scene when it came to filming, and it was removed.
Hip-hop journalist Barnes admits the scene is "too ugly for a general audience", but tells Gawker.com there should have been some mention of it in the finished movie.
She says, "I didn't want to see a depiction of me getting beat up... but what should have been addressed is that it occurred. When I was sitting there in the theatre (watching the film), 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."
Dre confirmed his attack on Barnes in a 1991 interview with Rolling Stone, stating, "Somebody f**ks with me, I'm gonna f**k with them. I just did it, you know. Ain't nothing you can do now by talking about it. Besides, it ain't no big thing - I just threw her through a door."
His late N.W.A. bandmate Eazy E added, "Yeah, b**ch had it coming."
The rapper pleaded no contest to the assault and received probation. Barnes also won a civil lawsuit against the rapper.
Dre revisited his violent past in a new Rolling Stone cover story, telling the publication, "I made some f**king horrible mistakes in my life. I was young, f**king stupid. I would say all the allegations aren't true - some of them are. Those are some of the things that I would like to take back. It was really f**ked up. But I paid for those mistakes, and there's no way in hell that I will ever make another mistake like that again."
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