Dr. Dre, whose life is chronicled in the recently released movie Straight Outta Compton, has apologized to the women he has “hurt”.
The 50-year-old record producer and rapper, real name Andre Romelle Young, has not given a specific reason for the apology.
In comments published on the New York Times website Dr. Dre said: “I deeply regret what I did and know that it has forever impacted all of our lives.”
A number of women have claimed that Dr. Dre has been violent towards them in the past.
He pleaded no contest to charges of criminal battery after a journalist, Dee Barnes, accused him of attacking her in 1991.
In the last week Dee Barnes has published a story about the assault.
Michel’le, a former girlfriend of the musician, also accuses him of violence.
In his statement, Dr. Dre said that at the start of the 1990s, he 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 been 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.”
Straight Outta Compton, which is about the early years of Dr. Dre’s rap group NWA, has been a hit at the US box office.
Critics have accused the filmmakers of shying away from mentioning what happened with Dee Barnes, or from talking about any of the other accusations of Dr. Dre being violent.
Apple has also released a statement about Dr. Dre. The tech giant became associated with him after buying the company he started, Beats, for $3 billion in 2014.
“Dre has apologized for the mistakes he’s made in the past and he’s said that he’s not the same person that he was 25 years ago,” the statement said.
“We believe his sincerity and after working with him for a year and a half, we have every reason to believe that he has changed.”