Earlier this week, hip-hop journalist Dee Barnes penned an editorial on Straight Outta Compton omitting Dr. Dre’s assaults on her and other women. 

Barnes was a rapper and TV show host, but is known to many for Dr. Dre’s brutal assault on her at a party in Hollywood in 1991. She is not depicted in the film, but an earlier screenplay of Straight Outta Compton by Jonathan Herman did include a scene featuring the notorious altercation.

In the draft screenplay, the fictional Dre, “eyes glazed, drunk, with an edge of nastiness, contempt” (per noted from the script) sees Barnes at the party and approaches her.

“Saw that [expletive] you did with Cube. Really had you under his spell, huh? Ate up everything he said. Let him diss us. Sell us out.”

“I just let him tell his story,” Barnes’ character responds, “That’s what I do. It’s my job.”

“I thought we were cool, you and me,” Dre fires back. “But you don’t give a [expletive]. You just wanna laugh at N.W.A, make us all look like fools.”

After the conversation heats up, Barnes throws her drink in Dre’s face before he attacks her “flinging her around like a rag-doll, while she screams, cries, begs for him to stop.”

It’s one of several scenes that were cut from the film. Other events that were omitted include Dre being shot four times in the leg, his house catching fire and an intense flashback of his younger brother being killed.

Director F. Gary Gray explained in a Q&A for the film, “There are so many things that you can add or subtract. Cube always said, ‘You can make five different N.W.A movies.’ We made the one we wanted to make.” [via LA Times]




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