Dr. Dre Slaps Sony Pictures With Lawsuit Threat Over Michel’le Biopic
Dr. Dre Michel’le Biopic Lawsuit, Rapper Doesn’t Want It To Air
Although many may be highly anticipating veteran singer, Michel’le’s forthcoming Lifetime biopic, Surviving Compton: Dre, Suge, & Michel’le, there seems to be a few who are not so much in favor of the film. According to various media outlets, Dr. Dre has threatened to sue Sony Pictures, due to ‘misrepresentation’ of character in the film.
Surviving Compton: Dre, Suge, & Michel’le—which follows Michel’le’s period as an artist on Eazy E’s label, Ruthless Records, and her rise to fame, premieres October 15th on Lifetime, and will also give us an inside look at her relationships with Hip-Hop moguls, Dr. Dre and Suge Knight.
The film is being released on Lifetime through a partnership with Sony Pictures and ThinkFactory Media. However, Dr. Dre isn’t too happy with Michel’le or her partners. TMZ recently reported that Dre thinks the film depicts him as an ‘abusive lover’, and he is determined to take legal action if the project continues on—against his will, portraying him in such light.
Dr. Dre has had his legal team send Sony Pictures a cease and desist letter. In the letter, Dre alleges that he’s never physically abused Michel’le. He also states that she’s never insinuated any abuse, nor has she received medical help or filed police reports to support the claims being made, within the years while or since they’ve dated.
This isn’t the first time Dre has come out of the woodworks, upset at Michel’le’s comments on his actions during their relationship. Last year, around the time of the release of his group, N.W.A.’s biopic, Straight Outta Compton, Michel’le did an interview with Vlad TV, discussing her problematic romantic ties with the producer.
“I was just a quiet girlfriend who got beat up and told to sit down and shut up.” She confessed. Since then, Dre and his team have warned the singer about what he claims to be slander. But, it looks like there’s no more warning.
Despite Dre’s reassurance that he has not committed these acts, in all honesty, we’re not so sure if we believe that. He’s been a known ‘woman beater’ for quite some time now. In 1991, Hip-Hop journalist, Dee Barnes was assaulted by Dre because he—along with his group (N.W.A.), were upset over a segment aired about them on her show a year earlier.
Nevertheless, Dre has apologized over that.
Hopefully things will eventually smooth over with the film ordeal, though. Maybe there’s room for reconciliation? From a business standpoint, that is. It doesn’t seem fair for Dr. Dre to sue over someone else telling their story, from their point of view, that may very well be factual. Michel’le has already told her story on R&B Divas: Hollywood and in several interviews over the last few years so this isn’t a new revelation either.
Maybe he’s giving backlash because he’s afraid that the truth could put a damper on his career and people’s perception of him? Who knows. All in all, we’re hoping that the film is a success. It sure looks like it will be….
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