Dr. Dre, who’s in the middle of promoting the NWA biopic Straight Outta Compton, publicly apologized last week for abusing women in his past. His former fiancée Michel’le is not buying the apology and calls it “good PR.”
On Monday, Michel’le called bullshit on Dre’s apologetic statement in an interview with BBC Radio 5. “I don’t really think it’s a sincere apology,” she says. “I didn’t ask for a public apology—if I asked for one at all—but I think if he’s going to apologize, he should do it individually.”
Michel’le has been openly retelling the story of her abuse for years and says she has yet to receive a direct apology from Dre, who’s the father of her son.
“To just group us like we’re nothing and nobody—I just don’t think it’s sincere, that’s all,” says Michel’le. When BBC’s male host says that Dre’s apology seems sincere (cool, dude), Michel’le responds with, “He’s generalizing us,” and says, “Treat us like we have names.”
To her, the apology is an obligatory PR move (“Right now he’s selling a movie. I just think it’s good PR at the moment,” she says), while the scars are indelible. (In a piece published on Gawker today, Dee Barnes, who also also spoken out about Dre, took his apology differently. “Who cares why he apologized? The point is that he did,” she wrote.)
“You look at the wounds they leave you and you remember,” she says. “Do you know that’s abuse? Do you know we live with that?”
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