Much of the impetus for that apology seemed to come from conversation sparked by a piece that veteran journalist Dee Barnes wrote. In it, Barnes shared the story -- as she had done multiple times in the past -- of her alleged assault at the hands of Dre.
"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," Dre wrote, without naming any names. Later, he added, "I’m doing everything I can so I never resemble that man again."
On Monday, Barnes responded to the public statement.
"I hope he meant it," she wrote in a piece on Gawker. "I hope he represents these words in his life. I hope that after all these years, he really is a changed man."
Still, it's clear from what she wrote that that doesn't trump the realities of her past. Nor does it change the fact that the assault was not included in the film -- and even a scene that was supposedly scrapped distorted the truth, she said: "It’s only after the drink is thrown that the Dre character retaliates with physical violence. That is a fabrication intended to excuse his actions."
What's more, she says she's felt like her experiences were not taken seriously, and often made light of by artists whose motives went unchecked.
"Of the women assaulted by Dre, I was the only one to press criminal charges against him," she wrote. "I’m also the only one whose name later came up in one of his songs. 'Guilty Conscience' and the other songs containing the reference are products of clear and obvious misogyny on a cultural level and for what? Jokes?
"The hypocrisy of it all is appalling. This is bigger than me, and bigger than hip-hop. This is about respect and awareness. As a result of speaking on my personal experience with violence, I have been vilified. Women survivors of violence are expected neither to be seen nor heard, and the pressure increases when it involves celebrities. No one wants to see their heroes criticized. And if they are African American, the community at large becomes suspicious of an underlying motive to tear down a successful black man. Excusing pop culture icons from scrutiny over their history of violence against women because they are elevated to “hero” status is wrong on so many levels. Creating notable, brilliant art does not absolve you of your faults. In the past, great art was enough to exalt men of their bad behavior, but in 2015 it’s no longer the case. Survivors have a right and an obligation to speak up (#NoSilenceOnDomesticViolence). We are too loud, too correct, too numerous to be ignored."
You can read her full piece at Gawker.