Former R&B Divas: Los Angeles TV star and platinum-certified songstress Michel’le (pictured left) has scored a deal with the Lifetime television network to release a Sony Pictures-produced biopic based on her experience as a recording artist.
However, hip hop mega mogul Dr. Dre (pictured right) is strongly against this upcoming television project and has threatened to sue Sony Pictures if he is depicted unfavorably as a woman beater in Michel’le’s biopic. The film is titled “Surviving Compton: Dre, Suge & Michel’le” and is scheduled for a Lifetime debut on October 15th.
Michel’le is a former Ruthless Records and Deathrow Records recording artist who was in a relationship with both Dr. Dre and Suge Knight, the former CEO of Deathrow Records. It is well-documented that Michel’le’s relationships with both Dr. Dre and Suge Knight were very volatile.
Michel’le recently went on the Wendy Williams Show to talk about her upcoming biopic and abusive relationships with both Dr. Dre and Suge Knight. “After the first hit you don’t think they’re going to do it again….But I stayed because it appeared normal,” she told Williams in her televised interview.
TMZ reported that attorneys for Dr. Dre have sent cease and desist letters to Sony Pictures demanding that the film production company discontinues the release of “Surviving Compton: Dre, Suge & Michel’le.” In the letters, Dr. Dre vehemently denied abusing Michel’le 30 years ago during their relationship.
Though Michel’le never filed a police report against Dr. Dre for beating her, she has expressed her desire to fight the lawsuit Dr. Dre has threatened against herself and Sony Pictures. “If he wanna go to court, please take me because we do depositions…and that’s when you have to tell the truth,” Michel’le also said in her interview with Williams.
TMZ also reported that Dr. Dre’s character in the film is “extremely violent.” Allegedly, there are scenes where Dr. Dre’s character brutally beats Michel’le’s character and even pulls a gun on her.
At press time, Lifetime or Sony Pictures had not announced plans to discontinue the film’s release.