One week after rap mogul Dr Dre opened up about his storied abuse allegations, two women involved in the incidents years ago have spoken out about their exclusion from the new NWA biopic.
Despite R&B singer Michel’le being engaged to Dre and sharing a son with him, in a filmed interview with VldTV, she said she was not surprised for not being mentioned at all in Straight Outta Compton.
“Why would Dre put me in it? If they start from where they start from, I was just a quiet girlfriend who got beat up and told to sit down and shut up,” Michel’le said.
“My part has no value to what they want to talk about.”
Another woman at the centre of the controversy, US rapper and journalist Dee Barnes also weighed in on the issue in an essay for Gawker. According to Barnes Dre kicked her, smashed her head against a wall, stomped on her fingers and attempted to throw her down a flight of stairs. A civil suit was filed and eventually settled out of court.
“That event isn’t depicted in Straight Outta Compton, but I don’t think it should have been, either,” writes Barnes. “The truth is too ugly for a general audience. I didn’t want to see a depiction of me getting beat up, just like I didn’t want to see a depiction of Dre beating up Michel’le…”
“But what should have been addressed is that it occurred. When I was sitting there in the theater, and the movie’s timeline skipped by my attack without a glance, I was like, ‘Uhhh, what happened?’
When the timeline of “Straight Outta Compton” skips over her attack without so much as a mention, she says she found herself “a casualty of Straight Outta Compton’s revisionist history.”
“He should have owned up to the black eyes and scars he gave to his collaborator Michel’le. And he should have owned up to what he did to me. That’s reality,” she went on to say.
“Straight Outta Compton transforms NWA from the world’s most dangerous rap group to the world’s most diluted rap group. The biggest problem with Straight Outta Compton is that it ignores several of NWA’s own harsh realities. That’s not gangsta, it’s not personal, it’s just business.”
Since its release, the biographical film performed well beyond box office expectations and broken a number of records. The album garnered 25 million streams in its first week and sold nearly half a million downloads through the iTunes store.