Dr. Dre finally apologizes for assaulting Dee Barnes in 1991

Dr. Dre finally issued a genuine apology for physically assaulting Dee Barnes more than 25 years ago — an incident in which he says he was “out of my f—ing mind.”

The hip hop mogul addresses the infamous 1991 attack — and admits to heavily drinking at the time — in a new confessional on HBO’s documentary series “The Defiant Ones,” two years after he offered up a vague apology that some interpreted as a publicity stunt.

“Any man that puts his hands on a female is a f—ing idiot. He’s out of his f—ing mind, and I was out of my f—ing mind at the time. I f—ed up, I paid for it, I’m sorry for it, and I apologize for it,” Dre said in the second installment of the series.

“I have this dark cloud that follows me, and it’s going to be attached to me forever,” he continued. “It’s a major blemish on who I am as a man.”

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He said he grew up with a mother who was abused and there’s “no excuse” for any woman to be treated that way.

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Dee Barnes was a reporter for the show “Pump It Up” at the time.

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Dre attacked Barnes on Jan. 27, 1991, at a music industry party in Hollywood after he took issue with the way she reported on the feud between Dre’s rap group N.W.A. and its former member Ice Cube.

He was unapologetic seven months later, telling Rolling Stone: “I just did it, you know. Ain’t nothing you can do now by talking about it. Besides, it ain’t no big thing — I just threw her through a door.”

Barnes sued him for $ 22.7 million, and she ultimately settled with Dre outside of court.

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In 2015, Dre issued a statement saying he was sorry to the “women I’ve hurt” to The New York Times without specifically naming them. His ex-girlfriend, the singer Michel’le, has also accused Dre of assaulting her.

Dre attacked Barnes, who interviewed N.W.A. and later Ice Cube amid their feud, due to issues he had with her reporting.

Dre attacked Barnes, who interviewed N.W.A. and later Ice Cube amid their feud, due to issues he had with her reporting.

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Some, including Michel’le, believed Dre only issued that statement for PR purposes because his N.W.A. biopic “Straight Outta Compton” had just come out. That movie infamously did not address Dre’s attack on Barnes.

Barnes also appeared on the episode of the “The Defiant Ones” to explain how coming forward about the attack affected her career.

“I called the police on Mr. F— the Police,” she said, referring to a classic N.W.A. track. “But little by little, the work started drying up. It was as if I had ruined his career by being that disturbing footnote in his legacy.”

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“The Defiant Ones” chronicles the musical partnership between Dre and Jimmy Iovine, as well as the artists who worked under Iovine’s Interscope label, including Bruce Springsteen, Eminem, the Black Eyed Peas, Marilyn Manson and Nine Inch Nails. It’s currently airing in nightly installments on HBO, with the fourth and final episode set to air Wednesday evening at 9 p.m.

In addition to his work with N.W.A., Dre is known for discovering Eminem and producing songs for big-name artists like 50 Cent, as well as for creating the Beats By Dr. Dre headphones brand.

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