Straight Outta Compton, the N.W.A. biopic, was released in theaters last weekend to long lines and steady ticket sales. The film made $56.1 million on its opening weekend.

But the film has also stirred up decades-old conflicts and allegations against rapper Dr. Dre, one of the film's main characters. Journalist Dee Barnes, R&B singer Michel’le, Dre's former girlfriend, and Tairrie B, a rapper who was on his label, have all alleged the rapper abused them in the 1990s. 

Though Barnes' assault was a public controversy, she has been quiet for the years after reaching a settlement with Dr. Dre, though she wrote a post on Gawker about her and others abuse allegations earlier this week. Michel'le told the New York Times that her story never received much attention. 


I’ve been talking about my abuse for many, many years, but it has not gotten any ears until now.

Today, Dre apologized for his actions, saying “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.”