The writers of Straight Outta Compton didn't completely ignore the heinous attack on journalist Dee Barnes.
According to the Los Angeles Times, at least one version of the screenplay included the incident. In the now deleted scene, the fictional Dre (played by Corey Hawkins) walks into a party, "eyes glazed, drunk, with an edge of nastiness, contempt," sees the Pump It Up! reporter, and accuses her of using her now infamous Ice Cube interview to sell out N.W.A.
"I was just doing my job," the fictional Barnes responds. The scene then continues with her throwing a drink in Dre's face, and him, "flinging her around like a rag-doll, while she screams, cries, begs for him to stop.”
It was reportedly one of many scenes eventually removed from the original script, which came in at 150 pages and three-and-a-half hours long.
Barnes has not yet addressed the idea that the crime was originally included, but she did recently write an essay about what she felt while watching SOC, and the aftermath for her, which so far ends with her getting kicked out of a $60-million-opening-weekend boy's club (Dre and Cube are now cool, both listed as producers on the film, alongside director F. Gary Gray, who was coincidentally the cameraman for the Pump It Up! show that started it all).
"My life changed that night," she wrote. "... I love Dre’s song 'Keep Their Heads Ringing' — it has a particularly deep meaning to me."
The movie is in theaters now.
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