Apple said it supports Dr. Dre after the rapper apologized "to the women I’ve hurt" via a statement to The New York Times.
Dre's statement came after criticism erupted that the hit biopic "Straight Outta Compton" — about his former rap group N.W.A. — featured no references to past allegations of his abuse against women.
After the film's release, music journalist Dee Barnes wrote a first-person account of being assaulted by the rapper in 1991 and her disappointment that it was not mentioned in the movie. Dre pleaded no contest to a charge of assault and battery and was sentenced to community service, probation and ordered to pay a fine and make a PSA about domestic violence.
"When I was sitting there in the theater, and the movie’s timeline skipped by my attack without a glance, I was like, 'Uhhh, what happened?," Barnes wrote in a Gawker post.
The now 50-year-old music mogul — who served as a co-producer on the movie — told The Times that at the time he was "a young man drinking too much and in over my head with no real structure."
“I apologize to the women I’ve hurt," he said. "I deeply regret what I did and know that it has forever impacted all of our lives.”
Apple, which bought Beats Electronics for $3 billion last year and made him an executive, weighed in after the statement to offer their support to the headphone and music streaming service's co-founder.
"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," Apple said in a statement.
"After working with him for a year and a half, we have every reason to believe that he has changed."