Dr. Dre is threatening a lawsuit against Sony Pictures if they continue on with the release of Michel’le’s Lifetime biopic.
Surviving Compton: Dre, Suge & Michel’le is Sony’s new made-for-TV movie based on the R&B songstress’ life and portrays the hip-hop mogul as a woman beater. The pair dated for 6 years and have a son together.
Dre’s legal team sent Sony Pictures a cease and desist letter threatening legal action if it’s released.
TMZ reports that in the letter he denies abusing Michel’le. It also references to their relationship and states that since it ended Michel’le has never mentioned any kind of abuse or violent behavior on his part.
Dr. Dre’s depiction in the film is hinted at in the film’s trailer which was released last month. The trailer shows a scene where Dre (played by Curtis Hamilton) grabbed Michel’le ( Rhyon Nicole Brown) by the neck after she messed up a take.
The trailer is just a snippet of Dre’s violent behavior toward Michel’le which also includes pulling her hair, pulling a gun on her and punching her in the face.
This is not the first time that Michel’le has alluded to a violent relationship. After the release of Straight Outta Compton, she conducted an interview with DJ Vlad where she referred to herself as “a quiet girlfriend who got beat up and told to sit down and shut up.”
Dre’s abusive past also came to light after the 2015 film was released when it was reported that a scene of him assaulting hip-hop writer Dee Barnes was cut from the original script. He later issued an apology for his past actions but did not specifically address any one woman.
Surviving Compton: Dre, Suge & Michel’le is set to be released on October 15th.
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