Dr. Dre has threatened to sue Sony over the production of Michelâ€™leâ€™s biopic, Surviving Compton: Dre, Suge & Michelâ€™le. The movie will follow the life of Dreâ€™s ex-fiancÃ©e, Ruthless Records R&B singer Michelâ€™le, and will show the abusive side of the world-famous rapper and producer against her. This movie is expected to serve as a counterpoint to Straight Outta Compton.
Straight Outta Compton notably omitted Dreâ€™s abuse allegations against the R&B singer and journalist Dee Barnes, who had accused the rapper of attempting to throw her down a flight of stairs, slamming her head against a wall, kicking her, and stomping her fingers back in November 1990. You can read Barnesâ€™s essay on rap and violence here.
Surviving Compton will tell the story of Michelâ€™leâ€™s relationship with Dre and her affair soon-after with Suge Knight, which served as healing for the singer.
TMZ is reporting that Dr. Dreâ€™s legal team has sent out a cease and desist letter to Sony Pictures, threatening them with a lawsuit if they dare to air the movie. In a letter, Dre denies the allegation that he abused Michelâ€™le, reportedly stating that she never once sought out medical help nor filed a police report. According to TMZ,
â€œWeâ€™re told Dreâ€™s character in the film is extremely violent â€” attacking Michelâ€™le by pulling her hair, punching her in the face and even pulling a gun on her.â€
Along with the cease and desist letter are the threats by Dreâ€™s attorneys to the R&B singer to back down. Facing accusations that sheâ€™s merely accusing Dre for publicity, and that she was never actually physically abused, she tweeted,
My heart hurts at the fact that I was NEVER BEAT! REALLY ?
â€” Michel’le (@Michellemuzic) October 10, 2016
Dreâ€™s cease and desist letter against the singer may actually have the unintended effect of bringing even more fame to this case. This is better known as the Streisand effect, where an attempt to hide, remove, or even censor a piece may actually make the information more widely known. This unintended effect is named after popular singer Barbara Streisand. Back in 2003, she attempted to suppress photographs of her residence in Malibu, California. The photos were merely landscape shots of the area, but Streisandâ€™s attempts actually drew even more publicity to the star than she had intended.
Thereâ€™s no sign that Michelâ€™le will actually back down. She recently sat down with Wendy Williams to discuss the movie and the abuse she faced by Dre. When asked why she didnâ€™t go to the police, she told Williams,
â€œAfter the first hit, you donâ€™t think theyâ€™re going to do it again. I didnâ€™t call the police because I didnâ€™t want him to go to jail.â€
Michelâ€™le is aware that she may face a defamation lawsuit, but sheâ€™s moving forward anyways. She told Williams that there are witnesses.
â€œPlease take me, because you have to do depositions and thatâ€™s when you have to tell the truth.â€