Singer Michel’le will finally get to tell her side of the story when Lifetime airs “Surviving Compton: Dre, Suge & Michel’le” on Oct. 15 at 8 p.m. The two-hour long film will share stories of Michel’le’s alleged abuse at the hands of one of hip-hop’s biggest names.
Starring actress Rhyon Nicole Brown as Michel’le, the film is an authorized depiction of the singer’s career as she worked with Dre, Eazy-E and Suge Knight on her rise to success and her eventual downfall.
While Dr. Dre and Ice Cube’s “Straight Outta Compton” was a huge hit for the former N.W.A members — making over $200 million and even being nominated for Best Original Screenplay at the Oscars — there was something that fans and critics say was left out of the film.
Enter Lifetime, the TV network teamed up with Michel’le — Dr. Dre’s former girlfriend and mother to one of his children — to give her side of the story that was omitted from the N.W.A film. In 2015, Michel’le accused Dr. Dre of physically abusing her during their time together, something Lifetime’s “Surviving Compton” film will portray.
During an interview with Wendy Williams, Michel’le revealed that she originally didn’t want to do the film, but after seeing “Straight Outta Compton,” she felt a need to tell her story. The singer also spoke about her relationship with Dre and why she didn’t leave.
“I stayed because it was normal,” she said. “After the first hit, you don’t think they’re going to do it again. I didn’t call the police because I didn’t want him to go to jail. All the men around me were always going to jail and be gone for years and I didn’t think that was a good idea.”
Dubbed the “First Lady of Ruthless Records,” Michel’le found success in 1990 with her two hit singles, “No More Lies” and “Nicety.” The success was short-lived as betrayal and bad business deals hurt the singer’s career. During her relationship with Dre, Michel’le turned to substance abuse but found hope in Dr. Dre’s friend and business partner, Suge Knight. Unfortunately for Michel’le, her relationship with Knight eventually led to more problems.
The film will also star Curtis Hamilton as Dr. Dre, Jamie Kennedy as Jerry Heller and R. Marcos Taylor as Suge Knight, who is reprising his role from “Straight Outta Compton.”
“Surviving Compton: Dre, Suge & Michel’le” airs Oct. 15 at 8 p.m. EDT on Lifetime. The film will replay on Oct. 16 at 12 a.m. and 9 p.m, as well as on Oct. 17 at 1 a.m.