On the heels of the success of "Straight Outta Compton," Dr. Dre has been forced to address his abuse of women during his younger years in the group.

Earlier this week, former rapper Dee Barnes wrote a lengthy post on Gawker recounting the time in 1991 Dr. Dre beat her up.

Dre has issued an apology to any woman he assaulted, via the New York Times:

"Twenty-five years ago I was a young man drinking too much and in over my head with no real structure in my life. However, none of this is an excuse for what I did. I’ve been married for 19 years and every day I’m working to be a better man for my family, seeking guidance along the way. I’m doing everything I can so I never resemble that man again. I apologize to the women I’ve hurt. I deeply regret what I did and know that it has forever impacted all of our lives."

Dr. Dre’s ex-girlfriend and mother of his 24-year-old son, Michel’le, alleges that Dre would brutalize her ... even breaking her nose.

Dre’s abuse towards woman almost made the cut, but was eventually scrapped.

By Glenn Erby

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