While many social media users gave Dr. Dre and Suge Knight major side-eye for their portrayals in Michel’le’s Lifetime biopic Surviving Compton: Dre, Suge & Michel’le, former Death Row Records artist Daz Dillinger says he remembers things happening another way.
It’s not the movie’s depictions of the gruesome beatdowns the former First Lady of Ruthless Records received at the hands of both Dre and Suge that he contests, but more so of how the relationship between Suge and Tupac was characterized in the film.
“Did you see where Suge Knight was talking to Tupac like that in her movie?” Daz says in an Instagram clip. “I don’t recall no shit like that. Tupac wasn’t going for no shit like that. I wouldn’t go for no shit like that or we’d have a lot of fights. I ain’t heard of no shit like that. Bitch lie.”
Dr. Dre has threatened to sue Sony Pictures over the film, which displays the alleged physical abuse and humiliation that Michel’le was subjected to during the course of their relationship. The “Something In My Heart” singer defended her right to share her story while signed on Ruthless Records, which was conveniently left out of Straight Outta Compton, during an interview with TMZ.
“My only concern is that I’m not understanding — What is he saying? Is he saying that he just didn’t abuse me at all? Cause I’m insulted if that’s what he’s saying…I allowed him to portray his self in his story the way he wanted to portray himself,” Michel’le said. “And he allowed me the opportunity to portray myself in my story. And I think my truth will stand when we get to court, if we do.”
Last year, Dre released a public apology for the women he’d abused in the past through the New York Times, placing the blame on alcohol.
Listen to more of Daz Dillinger’s commentary below.