Straight Outta Compton hit theaters last weekend to both critical acclaim and box office success, with many people in awe that a rap biopic not only got a major release but successfully brought the story to life with in an honorable, exciting and most importantly authentic manner. While the movie delves deep into the personal lives of the members of N.W.A. and contains many other cameos, those who already knew much about the group's lives have pointed out that Dr. Dre's ex, the R&B singer-songwriter Michel'le who he has a son with, does not appear. Well, in an interview with VladTV Michel'le, who admits she has not seen the movie but plans to, spoke very candidly about why she was probably excluded: "Why would [Dre] put me in it? I was just a quiet girlfriend who got beat on and told to sit down and shut up."
Michel'le has spoken on Dre's physical abuse towards her during their time together, but she seems content and at peace in the interview, while still being frank on her and Dre's relationship. Dre himself addressed allegations of abuse in his latest cover story with Rolling Stone: "I made some fucking horrible mistakes in my life," says Dre. "I was young, fucking 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 fucked up. But I paid for those mistakes, and there's no way in hell that I will ever make another mistake like that again."
Even more glaringly, Dre's infamous assault towards television host Dee Barnes—wherein he repeatedly punched, kicked, and slammed her around an industry party in front of a crowd—is completely glossed over. With Dre and Ice Cube as producers it's not exactly surprising but as many have pointed out, yet another example of biopics sanitizing events. Here's how Rolling Stone described the scene via a statement from Barnes:
According to a statement issued by Barnes, Dre picked her up and "began slamming her face and the right side of her body repeatedly against a wall near the stairway" as his bodyguard held off the crowd. After Dre tried to throw her down the stairs and failed, he began kicking her in the ribs and hands. She escaped and ran into the women's restroom. Dre followed her and "grabbed her from behind by the hair and proceeded to punch her in the back of the head." Finally, Dre and his bodyguard ran from the building.
In the VladTV interview, Michel'le goes on to say that even though she and Dre don't talk, he now has a good relationship with their son Marcel and they've even been in the studio together exploring his musical aspirations. Watch the clip above and be sure to check out Straight Outta Compton if you haven't.