Hip Hop had some pretty dark and violent moments. Dr. Dre was the cause of this one!
The rap and hip hop world has had some pretty dark times in the 1990s with plenty of feuds that came to blows in very violent outbursts.
One such case occurred between Dr. Dre and female rapper Denise “Dee” Barnes, also known as D Zire. When an interview went very south.
Barnes interviewed Dr. Dre in 1990 regarding his leaving the rap group N.W.A. At the height of a feud between the members and negatively portrayed them. Later, in 1991,
Dr. Dre encountered Barnes again at a record release party where he physically assaulted her by picking her up by the hair, slamming her head and body against a brick wall, tried to throw her down the stairs, kicked her and punched the back of her head. Dr. Dre's body guard held the crowd at bay by gunpoint.
Assault charges were filed and she brought a $22.75 million lawsuit against Dr. Dre, who pleaded no contest. He ended up being fined $2,500, put on two year's probation, performed 240 hours of community service and produce an anti-violence PSA. The lawsuit was filed out of court.
The incident made Spin magazine's “100 Sleaziest Moments in Rock” at number 37.