The Los Angeles Times has reported that a scene from recent biopic Straight Outta Compton depicting Dr. Dre assaulting journalist Denise "Dee" Barnes was simply removed from the film. It's a well known, actual incident, and one that obviously paints the history of N.W.A., and Dre specifically, in a bad light.

Director F. Gary Gray has said that the script alone was 150 pages long, and the original cut of the film itself clocked in at three and a half hours, so understandably things needed cutting. But why something this crucial?

"There are so many things that you can add or subtract," explained the director. "Cube always said, ‘You can make five different N.W.A movies.’ We made the one we wanted to make."

The deleted allegedly scene shows Dre with "eyes glazed, drunk, with an edge of nastiness, contempt" begin an argument with Barnes before "flinging her around like a rag-doll, while she screams, cries, begs for him to stop."

Barnes herself published an essay in which she talks explicitly about the 1991 attack, and criticising the film for its "revisionist history":

"I didn’t want to see a depiction of me getting beat up," she wrote. "But what should have been addressed is that it occurred."