Now, the L.A. Times is reporting that an earlier version of the screenplay (written by John Herman) included Barnes' assault by Dr. Dre -- recently detailed in her own essay on Gawker.
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The scene centers on the fictional Dre, “eyes glazed, drunk, with an edge of nastiness, contempt” according to the script, approaching Barnes -- who hosted a TV segment about N.W.A in 1990 -- at a party in 1991.
“Saw that [expletive] you did with Cube. Really had you under his spell, huh? Ate up everything he said. Let him diss us. Sell us out,” his character tells Barnes.
“I just let him tell his story,” Barnes’ character says, “That’s what I do. It’s my job.”
“I thought we were cool, you and me,” Dre's character responds. “But you don’t give a [expletive]. You just wanna laugh at N.W.A, make us all look like fools.”
"The conversation escalates, and Barnes throws her drink in Dre’s face before he attacks her," the Times reports, “flinging her around like a rag-doll, while she screams, cries, begs for him to stop.”
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The scene was one of a few from the original 150-page script that didn't make the cut. When asked about why the assault wasn't included, director F. Gary Gray said, "There are so many things that you can add or subtract. Cube always said, ‘You can make five different N.W.A movies.’ We made the one we wanted to make."
Billboard has reached out to Barnes for comment.