Although the new N.W.A. biopic 'Straight Outta Compton' has done well upon its release in the States, the film has attracted criticism from many who feel that it brushes over and even ignores Dr. Dre's violent past.

The rap star's abuse of women has been documented in the past - particularly his assault on journalist Dee Barnes in 1991, as well as several former girlfriends - but none of it was included in the film.

However, with the controversy growing ever-louder over the last few weeks, Dre has now issued a statement to The New York Times addressing the issue.

"Twenty-five years ago I was a young man drinking too much and in over my head with no real structure in my life," it read. "However, none of this is an excuse for what I did. I’ve been married for 19 years and every day I’m working to be a better man for my family, seeking guidance along the way. I’m doing everything I can so I never resemble that man again.

“I apologize to the women I’ve hurt. I deeply regret what I did and know that it has forever impacted all of our lives.”

Apple also issued a statement saying "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. We believe his sincerity and after working with him for a year and a half, we have every reason to believe that he has changed.” Dre - real name Andre Young - has worked as a consultant with Apple for the past 18 months.

'Straight Outta Compton' is released in Ireland this Friday.