LEGAL ACTION: Dr Dre
MUSIC MOGUL Dr. Dre has threatened to take legal action against an upcoming TV movie which depicts him a violent partner who beat up former girlfriend, Nineties singer Michel’le.
The hip-hop producer is reportedly furious over the upcoming TV biopic titled Surviving Compton: Dre, Suge & Michel'le, produced by Sony Pictures, which is expected to chronicle his violent relationship with Michel’le with whom he has a son.
The Lifetime film, starring Rhyon Nicole Brown as Michel’le, Curtis Hamilton as Dr. Dre, and R. Marcos Taylor reprising his Straight Outta Compton role as Suge Knight, will chronicle R&B singer Michel’le's beginnings during N.W.A.’s rise in the music industry to her allegedly abusive romance with Dr. Dre.
Dre, real name Andre Romelle Young, instructed his legal team to send a cease and desist letter to Sony, threatening to take them to court if the TV movie ever airs, TMZ.com reports.
The 51-year-old denies any domestic violence allegations, and his legal team have also threatened legal action against 45-year-old Michel'le, who was heavily involved in the making of the Lifetime movie, and served as narrator.
The couple were involved in a turbulent six-year relationship, which Michel’le publically spoke about during her stint on US reality TV series R&B Divas LA.
The singer and songwriter shared that the extent of the violence she endured included having her nose broken, which required surgical correction, and broken ribs.
FORMER LOVERS: Dr. Dre and Michel'le
Last year in an interview with VladTV, when quizzed about her absence from the N.W.A biopic Straight Outta Compton, Michel’le bluntly replied: "Why would [Dr.] Dre put me in it?
"If they start from where they start from," she added, "I was just a quiet girlfriend who got beat up and told to sit down and shut up."
In the letter from Dr. Dre's legal team, they say she has never accused him of any abuse, nor hinted at any violent behaviour on his part. They also add she never sought any medical treatment, or filed a police report.
This wouldn’t be the first time the billionaire producer has been described as a violent man with a history of beating women.
The arrival of the N.W.A biopic was nearly derailed when former rapper and TV host Dee Barnes slammed the end product of "revisionist history" glossing over Dr. Dre’s tumultuous relationship with his then partner Michel’le and more personally, the night she was beaten up by the N.W.A founder.
Barnes recalled how Dr. Dre showed up to a nightclub in 1991, where she says he “straddled me and beat me mercilessly on the floor of the women's restroom.” Dr Dre eventually pleaded no contest to aggravated assault charges and the civil suit Barnes filed was settled out of court.
Dr. Dre confronted abuse allegations during the Straight Outta Compton press tour, telling Rolling Stone: "I made some f***ing horrible mistakes in my life.
"I was young, f***ing stupid," he continued. "I would say all the allegations aren't true -- some of them are. Those are some of the things that I would like to take back. It was really fucked up. But I paid for those mistakes, and there's no way in hell that I will ever make another mistake like that again."