The television film will give viewers a glimpse of the Los Angeles native’s journey through the stormy days of N.W.A’s prominence after being signed to Eazy E’s Ruthless Records, forming romantic relations to both Dr. Dre and Suge Knight. The film will also tackle the alleged horrible physical abuse that Michel’le was objected to by the hands of her then boyfriend/producer Dr. Dre.
Despite the mainstream success that has fell upon the N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton, the film also drew criticism for the misogyny seen in the film, as well as the accounts which were withheld. The criticism resulted in a public apology expressed via The New York Times, saying “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… 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 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.”
During an album release party in 1991, for the female rap duo Bytches with Problems, Dre brutally attacked group member Dee Barnes. Describing the attack, Barnes said Dre attempted to throw her down a flight of stairs, slammed her head against a wall, kicked her and stomped on her fingers. Dre dismissively explained the his dismissively explained his attack to Rolling Stone saying, “It ain’t no big thing – I just threw her through a door.”
Throughout her appearance on the TVOne series R&B Divas L.A., Michel’le was very vocal about the black eyes she suffered from while abused by Dr.Dre. While on a promo run for the show, she told the Breakfast Club: “I had five black eyes, I have a cracked rib, I have scars that are just amazing. It was normal. Everybody that knew, it was the norm,” she said. “When he gave me my very first black eye, we laid in the bed and cried.”
The film should be interesting, as it represents the women behind the men of Straight Outta Compton. Surviving Compton: Dre, Suge & Michel’le, stars Lincoln Heights actress Rhyon Nicole Brown a Michel’le. The film premiers Oct. 15 on Lifetime.