Dr. Dre Threatens To Sue Over Michel’le Biopic, Surviving Compton – Tha Wire
Today in Tha Wire, this Saturday, October 15, 2016, the Lifetime network will air Surviving Compton: Dre, Suge & Michel'le. Judging by the trailer, this is going to be a film that will tell the story Straight Outta Compton didn't. It's a biopic based on the life of Death Row princess Michel'le, and follows her career with the label as well as her relationships with Dr. Dre and marriage to Suge Knight.
That's exactly what Dr. Dre don't want to see happen. The iconic Hip Hop mogul is livid about the film, because it is going to paint him as a woman beater and possibly destroy his image in music and business. According to reports, the legendary producer/Beats by Dre creator is doing everything he can to stop the movie from airing, including filing a lawsuit if the TV movie airs as-is. He even sent Sony Pictures a cease and desist letter, protesting the film's depiction of him being abusive to the R&B songbird.
Check out the movie trailer below:
In his letter, Dre's legal team not only warns Sony and Michel'le to "back off", but they flat out deny he ever put hands on the singer. The letter points out the two stars dated 30 years ago, and not one time did Death Row's "first lady" file a police report or seek medical attention for the alleged abuse. So far, Sony Pictures is ignoring the threat of legal action and has no plans of putting the breaks on the film.
TMZ reports Dre is angry because his character in the biopic is extremely violent, and it depicts him punching Michel'le in the face, grabbing her by the throat, and pulling on gun on her. In recent years, the R&B Diva has come forward to talk about her past and alleged abuse. Last year, she did an interview with VladTv and accused the N.W.A. legend of attacking her on more than one occasion. When asked why her character wasn't in the rap group's biopic, the singer said she wasn't surprised because she was, "the quiet girlfriend who got beat up".
Peep her interviews with Vlad and Bossip below:
This isn't the first time Michel'le has accused Dre or Suge of abuse, and she's not the only woman, either. Former host of the TV Hip Hop show Pump It Up, Dee Barnes, blasted Dre about beating her up. The VJ even wrote a letter about the assault in response to her exclusion from N.W.A. biopic. This would lead to Dre giving a public apology to all the women he's "hurt" in the past.
Well, we'll see what happens. If all goes as planned, Surviving Compton: Dre, Suge & Michel'le will air this Saturday on Lifetime. Check your local listings for the time. For all things entertainment, tune into Tha Wire, exclusively on The People's Station 107 Jamz.