FROM STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS
What’s next for Michel’le? A tell-all book.
The “No More Lies’’ singer has announced that she’s in the process of writing a book about her relationship with famed rapper and producer Dr. Dre. The book will follow Lifetime’s biopic “Surviving Compton: Dre, Suge & Michel’le,’’ which made its debut on the network this week.
Michel’le Toussaint, simply known by her first name, shared the news while responding to a fan on Twitter.
The biopic has received rave reviews from viewers. The made for TV film shares her life story along with revealing the alleged abuse that she received at the hands of Dr. Dre throughout the course of their relationship.
Denial by Dre
She has stated that Dr. Dre used to physically abuse her, including breaking her nose (which she had to have surgically corrected) and ribs.
Dr. Dre has denied it and threatened to sue the network and Sony if the film aired. The film’s executive producer, Leslie Greif, confirmed that Dr. Dre did issue a cease and desist letter to Sony Pictures to try to stop the film from airing.
“I heard Sony said they vetted the film and stand by it, and will not allow Michel’le’s voice to be silenced,” Greif said. “They’re supporting this picture.… These are not new stories. Dr. Dre and Suge Knight have not seen the film, to my knowledge, and are presupposing what they did and how it might make them appear on screen.”
In the biopic, Michel’le is played by actress Rhyon Nicole Brown.
On Brown playing her, the singer said: “She found that voice on her own. One night she just cried and cried and it just came out.”
The film also portrays Michel’le’s relationship with Suge Knight, the co-founder of Death Row Records.
Michel’le has a son, Marcel, with Dr. Dre, and a daughter, Bailei, with Knight.
The singer has this advice for women in abusive relationships:
“You need an exit plan. I know you don’t have no job, I know you don’t have no money, no education. That’s part of their [abusive] control, their power. You have to be there with them, you have to ask them for everything. He knows your schedule but you don’t know his. So you have to give yourself, a month [or] two months to get yourself together. And don’t tell him you’re leaving, just go.’’
A EURWEB article was used in compiling this report.