Coming off the success of  Straight Outta Compton and rave reviews of his comeback album Compton (which debuted at no. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart), rapper and producer Dr. Dre, now 50, has been back in the spotlight with many discussing his history of abusing women.

Earlier this week, Dee Barnes, a former journalist whom Dre assaulted in 1991 because of an interview she did with Ice Cube on the hip-hop show “Pump It Up!”, wrote a riveting essay for Gawker about her reaction after seeing Straight Outta Compton.

READ: Dee Barnes Speaks Out on Dr. Dre’s Abuse

Citics and viewers alike called into question why the film made no mention of Dre’s abuse towards Barnes, ex-girlfriend, R&B singer, Michel’le and former labelmate Tairrie B.

It should also be noted Barnes didn’t necessarily want to see a reenactment of the incident, but would have liked for it to have been mentioned in the film.

She wrote, “That event isn’t depicted in Straight Outta Compton, but I don’t think it should have been, either. The truth is too ugly for a general audience…But what should have been addressed is that it occurred.”

READ: 5 Things Missing from Straight Outta Compton!

Today, Dre released a statement exclusively to the New York Times addressing his past behavior.

“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.”

Being as though Dre is a consultant for Apple, the company released their own statement saying, “Dre has apologized for the mistakes he made in the past and he’s not the same person he was 25 years ago. We believe his sincerity after working with him for a year and a half, we have every reason to believe that he has changed.”

With age comes wisdom and of course there will be people who feel this apology is too little too late.

The women involved have to deal with what happened to them every day. Hopefully, this serves as a teachable moment for young men to be more responsible with their actions of how they treat women.

Your past just might come back and haunt you. No matter how much money you have.

Brittney Fennell

Brittney Fennell

Brittney is the Associate Editor of Jawbreaker and a writer who has goals to disrupt culture in ways unseen.