Dr. Dre Issues Apology for Actions Taken in His Youth

The hip-hop mogul addresses accusations of abuse towards women in the New York Times. In the statement, Dre apologizes to the "Women I've hurt."
2:50 | 08/22/15

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the hip-hop mogul Dr. Dre addressing a brewing controversy. As you may know there is a hit movie in theaters now "Straight outta Compton" that tells his rise from the streets. One expected side effect, it is bringing out old allegations that are coming to light and that has Dr. Dre making a major apology. ABC's aditi Roy is in our los Angeles bureau with more. Good morning, aditi. Reporter: Good morning, Cecilia. Dr. Dre, the rapper prentrepreneur and media mogul is getting tough questions over the biopic he produced accused of ignoring abuse allegations drens dre and some of those alleged victims are speaking out. This morning, the man behind the $56 million blockbuster biopic "Straight outta Compton" -- Hit that first "B" hard. You cruising down the street. Reporter: Apologizing in "The New York times." Hip-hop mogul and beats headphone founder Dr. Dre issuing a statement to the paper saying "25 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. Adding, I apologize to the women I've hurt". The decades old allegations now resurfacing on social media centered on three women accusing Dr. Dre of physical violence. Hip-hop journalist Dee Barnes, singer and Dr. Dre's former girlfriend, Michele a and former rapper terry B. In an essay for Gawker Barnes writing Dr. Dre straddled me and beat me mercilessly on the floor of the women's restroom. Dr. Dre pleaded no contest to assault and battery charges stemming from the 1991 incident involving Barnes. Dre speaking about past mistakes in this interview with "Rolling stone" magazine saying "I would say all of the allegations aren't true, some of them are. Those are some of the things that I would like to take back." He talked about huge mistakes, that he was young and stupid. To me it was pretty clear that he was apologizing without using the words apology or I'm sorry. Reporter: In a statement to ABC news, apple which bought dre's audio company beats for $1 billion in 2014 issued a statement Friday writing "Dre has apologized for the mistakes he's made in the past and he said that he's not the same person that he was 25 years ago." And ABC news reached out to universal who declined to comment. Fellow rapper terry B. Who has accused Dr. Dre of punching her twice in the face in public in 1991 telling ABC news overnight she's glad to see he is finally addressing the assaults. She declined to press charges in that alleged incident. Dan. Aditi, thank you. We appreciate it.

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