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Dr. Dre On Dee Barnes Assault: "I Was Out Of My Fu**ing Mind At The Time"

"Any man who puts his hands on a female is a fu**ing idiot."

Valuable insight from some of the music industry's heavyweights can be found within HBO's four-part program, The Defiant Ones. Helmed by Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine, the documentary takes a look at their careers and how they paved the way for other superstars to get their just due.

Sunday's (July 9) episode debuted to rave reviews, but part two of the installment made headlines for an incident that stems back to the '90s. According to TMZ, Dr. Dre took a moment to express his regret for reportedly physically assaulting journalist Dee Barnes at a club in Los Angeles, California.

"Any man who puts his hands on a female is a fu**ing idiot. He's out of his fu**ing mind, and I was out of my fu**ing mind at the time. I fu**ed up, I paid for it, I'm sorry for it, and I apologize for it," he said, per TMZ. "I have this dark cloud that follows me, and it's going to be attached to me forever. It's a major blemish on who I am as a man."

As detailed in an in-depth article by Highsnobiety, Barnes was on the set of Boyz N The Hood preparing to interview rapper Yo Yo for Pump It Up! in 1990.

During her Q&A, Ice Cube (who starred in the film) interjected their on-camera conversation to say a few choice words about N.W.A since they were at odds at the time. Prior to this event, Barnes spoke with N.W.A, also for Pump It Up! Once both segments were complete, producer Jeff Shore told Barnes he planned to combine the instances, which she was completely against.

At the top of 1991, Barnes arrived at a release party for Bytches With Problems, which was also attended by Dr. Dre. According to reports, Dre allegedly attacked Barnes over the Pump It Up! package, which resulted in a $22 million lawsuit against the Aftermath leader for assault and battery.

Once Straight Outta Compton was released in 2015, many wondered if Dre's assault on Barnes would be depicted, which she also addressed. During the biopic's debut, Dre also issued an apology "to the women I've hurt." Barnes then utilized Gawker's platform to publish her response and questioned whether his statement was a "PR move by Universal," the conglomerate that housed Straight Outta Compton.

"The hypocrisy of it all is appalling. This is bigger than me and bigger than hip-hop," Barnes wrote. "This is about respect and awareness. As a result of speaking on my personal experience with violence, I have been vilified."

R&B singer Michele'le also recalled a time Dre allegedly enacted physical violence, which she discussed on The Breakfast Club in 2015.

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HBO Wants Court To Dismiss $100 Million Lawsuit Filed By Michael Jackson’s Estate

HBO wants a California court to toss a $100 million lawsuit brought on by Michael Jackson’s estate over the Leaving Neverland documentary. In a motion for dismissal filed Friday (Aug. 16), the cable network alleged that the estate's lawsuit violates the First Amendment.

“Plaintiffs’ claims fail because they violate the First Amendment, Due Process Clause and public policy, and in any event, the contract on which they are based is inapplicable and expired,” the motion states.

“California’s Anti-SLAPP law empowers—indeed requires—this Court to put an end to this litigation now,” the document continues.  “Accordingly, the Court should strike Plaintiffs’ Petition and claims with prejudice, and award attorneys’ fees and costs to HBO pursuant to the anti-SLAPP law’s mandatory attorneys’ fees clause for prevailing defendants.”

The Jackson Estate sued HBO in February, ahead of Leaving Neverland’s March premiere. In the Emmy-nominated documentary, accusers Wade Robson and James Safechuck, claim Jackson sexually abused them when they were boys.  The estate argues that the documentary breached a 1992 non-disparagement agreement between the network and Jackson, who died in 2009.

HBO’s motion maintains that the “only possible reason why Plaintiffs filed their Petition in court was to attract maximum attention to their public relations campaign against Leaving Neverland and the documentary subjects.”

In a statement to Deadline, a rep for Jackson’s estate slammed the network’s allegations. “There is no expiration term in the contract, nor does it terminate as a matter of law. Likewise, the First Amendment does not protect HBO from willfully and blatantly violating its contractual obligations, as it did here. The Estate of Michael Jackson is confident that HBO’s latest attempt to avoid its contractual obligations will fail.”

A hearing in the case is scheduled for Sept. 19.

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California Woman Claims School Bully Left Son With Permanent Brain Damage

A Southern California mom says her son suffered permanent brain damage after a violent run-in with a bully, CBS Los Angeles reports.  The woman, identified only as “Sarah” to protect her and her son’s identity, is suing Animo Westside Charter Middle School in Playa Vista, California, over a 2018 altercation in which her son was attacked by a bully and placed in the school office for several minutes before paramedics were called.

Footage of the altercation was caught on the school’s surveillance cameras and appears to show her 12-year-old son getting off the bus before being approached by a larger student. The apparent bully punched her son and put him in a chokehold.

Ben Meiselas, a lawyer representing the family, claims the bully did a YouTube search for “the most painful pressure points on the neck” prior to altercation. A school staff member can also be seen walking by as the boy is being attacked. The boy is eventually brought inside the school.

Staff members realize that the boy is hurt and take him into the school’s main office to lay him on the floor. The boy suffered a seizure in the office, and lost consciousness twice, the lawsuit states. School officials are also accused of failing to call paramedics for several minutes.

“By the time I get there, I’m thinking paramedics [arrived] and he’s going to have help,” said the boy’s mother. “My son is literally laying there still in the middle of the office floor completely black and blue.”

Despite viewing video of the altercation, the school district has yet to apologize to the victim and his mother, Meiselas said. “The fact that they can watch that video and not so much offer an apology is really, really, really disgusting.”

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Jay-Z To Reportedly Become Part Owner Of NFL Team

It’s been a whirlwind few days for Jay-Z and the NFL, and it seems that the relationship could run deeper than their recently announced partnership. According to TMZ Sports, Jay is in line to own a “significant” portion of an NFL team.

Although it's unclear which team he plans to purchase, a source told the website that the deal is expected to be secured in the “near future.” The Brooklyn native allegedly wants to buy into a team because he’s a “huge fan” of the league, and already works in the business by way of his Roc Nation Sports imprint.

The source added that Hov “wants to continue to be a change agent for the NFL,” and that the deal doesn't conflict with him owning a sports agency because he's not involved in the “operations of NFL players” on the Roc Nation roster.

Jay previously owned a small stake in the Brooklyn Nets, which he sold in 2013. The timing of the potential team purchase comes as Jay continues to receive backlash after formally announcing his collaboration with the league. The decision to partner with the NFL was “partially motivated” by Jay’s desire to own a team, according to Bleacher Report.

During a press conference alongside NFL commissioner Roger Goodell earlier in the week, Jay was asked if Colin Kapernick (who remains without a job in the NFL after launching a protest against police brutality) knew about the partnership. Jay initially told reporters that he spoke with Kapernick about working with the NFL but the athlete's girlfriend, radio personality Nessa, denied that the conversation took place. She also expressed her disappointment with how the partnership is being promoted.

“The disappointment in Jay-Z isn’t in the partnership. The disappointment is wrapping it in social justice,” Nessa told Hot 97 Wednesday (Aug. 14). “I don’t mind you doing a business deal, but I do mind you wrapping it in social justice when you’re working with an organization that denies someone an opportunity.”

 

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