Dr. Dre’s Exes Michel’le Toussaint, Dee Barnes Speak Out Why Abusive Past Was Not Shown in ‘Straight Outta Compton’

In this Nov. 5, 2014 file photo, Dr. Dre attends the WSJ. Magazine 2014 Innovator Awards at MoMA in New York. When the world first heard the names Ice Cube and Dr. Dre, the young musicians were considered outlaws as members of rap group N.W.A. Now they're mainstream entertainment icons, reflecting changes in the two artists and in popular culture.  (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP, File)
In this Nov. 5, 2014 file photo, Dr. Dre attends the WSJ. Magazine 2014 Innovator Awards at MoMA in New York. (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)

(International Business Times) – “Straight Outta Compton” has been a huge hit, earning $56.1 million on its opening weekend. But a few are criticizing the biopic, which follows the rise of the rap group N.W.A. Dr. Dre’s exes Michel’le Toussaint and Dee Barnes say it failed to show their abusive pasts with the producer.

According to E! News, Toussaint and Barnes addressed the issue in two separate instances. Toussaint, Dr. Dre’s ex-fiancee and former 1990’s R&B singer, told VladTV how she seemed to understand why thier abusive relationship was not featured on the film.  She said, “Why would Dre put me in it? If they start from where they start from. I was just a quiet girlfriend who got beat up and told to sit down and shut up.”

Dr. Dre’s other ex, Barnes, wrote about the experience in Gawker, saying the audience would not be able to handle seeing just how much physical abuse she got from her ex, especially during  a 1991 visit to the Po Na Na Souk nightclub, where Dr. Dre reportedly beat her “mercilessly on the floor of the women’s bathroom.” Barnes wrote, “That event isn’t depicted in ‘Straight Outta Compton,’ but I don’t think it should have been, either. The truth is too ugly for a general audience. I didn’t want to see a depiction of me getting beat up.”


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