By Abby Hassler
“Any man that puts his hands on a female is a f—— idiot,” Dre said in last night’s (July 10) episode of The Defiant Ones. The rapper was referring to his 1991 assault on reporter Dee Barnes.
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According to police records and personal accounts, Dre ran into Fox TV’s Pump It Up! host Barnes at a record-release party in Los Angeles.
Barnes statement reveals the rapper picked her up and “began slamming her face and the right side of her body repeatedly against a wall near the stairway” and later beat her as she tried to escape.
“I have this dark cloud that follows me,” Dre remarked, “it’s attached to me forever. It’s a major blemish on who I am as a man.”
While his career remained unaltered, his reputation took a serious hit. At the time of the assault, Dre did not apologize for the incident, instead, telling Rolling Stone, “People talk all this s—, but you know, somebody f—- with me, I’m gonna f— with them. 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.”
Decades after the assault, Dre acknowledges his actions, saying that any man who hurts a woman is “out of his f—— mind.”
“I f—– up, I paid for it, I’m sorry for it, I apologize for it,” Dre concluded.