Wendy Williams Asks Dee Barnes If She Was Sexually Assaulted During Dr. Dre Attack: "I'm Not Comfortable Talking About Everything Right Now"
The journalist appeared on The Wendy Williams Show on Thursday.
While speaking with Williams, Barnes spoke about interviewing N.W.A. before interviewing Ice Cube on Pump It Up!.
“Basically at the height of their feud — and what people don’t understand was that we were all friends, we knew each other behind the scenes,” Barnes said, before Williams asked her if Dre had already left N.W.A. at the time, which he hadn’t yet.
“[Dre] hadn’t left yet. He was still a part of the group so I interviewed the group about their popularity, about Straight Outta Compton. Cube was leaving the group so they were separated and the segment was switched where Cube said something about the group and it was edited into the show, completely out of my hand, into their particular interview, which played on Pump It Up!.”
After explaining what Cube collectively said about the group, Barnes then discussed Dre’s attack against her.
Barnes has spoken about the incident before but one notable exchange between Barnes and Williams happened when the latter asked the former if she was sexually assaulted by Dre during the attack. The question came about when Barnes said that Dre followed her into a women’s restroom after she tried to escape him from his initial attack against her.
“He continued to assault me in the women’s restroom,” Barnes said.
“Beating you up?” Williams asked, to which Barnes confirmed with a nod.
“Were you sexually assaulted?” Williams then asked.
“I’m not comfortable talking about everything right now,” Barnes said.
“Your silence is speaking volumes,” Williams responded.
From there, Barnes talked about how she ended up homeless as a result of being blacklisted.
“I had several jobs I couldn’t keep…I worked several retail places. Even when Straight Outta Compton came out I was ringing people up who were going to the movie,” Barnes said.
Barnes then clarified that the GoFundMe page she made went toward stopping her eviction, and said that she and her daughter are currently living with friends and at various Airbnbs.
The interview wrapped up with Williams saying that she wants to publish Barnes’ book — presumably her book Music, Myth and Misogyny: Memoirs Of A Female MC, which she discussed in an interview with HipHopDX in 2017 — through Hunter Publishing, have her back on her show when the book is published, and produce a movie of the book.