Surviving Compton made its big debut on Lifetime on Saturday despite Dr. Dre’s threat to sue if the Michel’le biopic aired. After viewing the shocking made-for-TV movie, it’s easy to see why the billionaire rapper would want to keep his ex-girlfriend’s story under wraps because it paints him in a pretty bad light. Michel’le made it clear that the show would go on and that she wasn’t scared of his threats because she says she was telling the truth and has enough witnesses to back her.
Michel’le recently responded to Dr. Dre’s threats, at least as much as she could for someone facing a possible lawsuit, in an interview with Bossip. The singer said she isn’t afraid of Dre, which was a recurring theme in the Lifetime film. It was when she stopped being afraid of the Compton rapper that she was able to leave him and move on with her life.
“I wasn’t worried, but then he sent out his little lawyer saying he was gonna sue me but I don’t mind,” Michel’le said of Dr. Dre’s intent to sue. “When he gets the money from me maybe he can use it to pay child support.”
Despite Michel’le’s allegations that Dr. Dre physically abused her, and despite his own apology last year to the “women I’ve hurt,” Dre and his lawyers deny that he ever was physical with the Surviving Compton star.
— Kevin Stephens (@BADAZZTRAINER) October 17, 2016
Dre’s lawyer, Howard E. King, even responded to Jezebel when they asked about Michel’le’s allegations and how they may have been linked to Dre’s previous apology.
King’s statement on Dr. Dre’s behalf said, “I can assure you that Dre’s August 2015 apology for things he did decades ago was not in any way directed to Michel’le. Her false claims of being a victim arose for the first time more than 25 years after their relationship ended, coinciding with the success of Straight Outta Compton and her own efforts to sell a life story.”
For those who might be wondering, Dr. Dre’s apology does make it sound like he did some pretty awful things to women. Although he doesn’t go into detail about which women and how bad things were, he made it clear that he is not the same man now that he once was.
The apology was printed just days after Straight Outta Compton was released in theaters. The film, based on the true story of the rap group N.W.A., was met with much success and critical acclaim. Dr. Dre’s apology and its timing were a huge deal since his reputation for misogyny and abuse had preceded him and could have been detrimental to both the film and his epic Beats by Dre deal with Apple.
— REVOLT TV (@RevoltTV) October 17, 2016
“Twenty-five years ago I was a young man drinking too much and in over my head with no real structure in my life,” the New York Times published. “However, none of this is an excuse for what I did. I’ve been married for 19 years and every day I’m working to be a better man for my family, seeking guidance along the way. I’m doing everything I can so I never resemble that man again.”
If Dr. Dre’s apology wasn’t about the physical abused alleged by Michel’le and he claims to have never been physically abusive, then what exactly was he apologizing for? It seemed to be a pretty serious apology, and if the allegations brought by Michel’le in Surviving Compton are not true, then maybe Dr. Dre should clear up exactly what it was that he was apologizing for.
— Bossip (@Bossip) October 16, 2016
As for Dr. Dre’s legal threat to Michel’le, the Lifetime network, and Sony for daring to make the Surviving biopic about the R&B singer’s life, she says that she doesn’t have legal documentation to prove the accusations against Dre. However, Michel’le does claim to have plenty of testimony from those who saw it themselves. She also claims that Dr. Dre’s abuse was so bad that at one point, he broke her nose, and she needed corrective surgery to fix it.
According to Michel’le, she was a much bigger part of Dr. Dre’s life and had a lot more to do with N.W.A. than was depicted in Straight Outta Compton. She has said multiple times that Dre basically wrote her out of his life story. Now, Michel’le has told it from her own side with Surviving Compton, and some of the details have changed but her story of abuse has certainly not.
After seeing Michel’le’s side of the story and her claims about how Dr. Dre treated her 25 years ago, it’s understandable why he wouldn’t want her to put the story out there. After Surviving Compton aired on Lifetime, the Twitter reaction was intense, and it was not favorable for the popular hip-hop artist. Whether he really will sue Michel’le for her story and whether he can win if he does is still up in the air.
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