Dr. Dre's Regret: Apologies of the Week
Plus, Donald Trump's thoughts on apologies in general
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 23, 2015 1:45 PM CDT
Dr. Dre arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of "Straight Outta Compton" at the Microsoft Theater on Monday, Aug. 10, 2015.   (Photo by John Salangsang/Invision/AP)

(Newser) – Dr. Dre's lament and some powerful lightning strikes figure in some of the public apologies make headlines this week:

  • Another lifetime: “Twenty-five years ago I was a young man drinking too much and in over my head with no real structure in my life. However, none of this is an excuse for what I did. ... 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."—Dr. Dre, after women came forward to speak of his abuse upon the release of Straight Outta Compton.
  • Still the same lifetime: "I have been the biggest hypocrite ever. While espousing faith and family values, I have been unfaithful to my wife."—Josh Duggar, after his Ashley Madison accounts were made public. He never actually said "I'm sorry," but did express "deep regret."

  • Zap: "We apologize to all our customers who were affected by this exceptional incident."—Google, after lightning strikes in Belgium wiped out some data from the cloud.
  • Rewind: "We are in the middle of rolling out new terms and conditions and privacy policy and they’ve caused a lot of confusion about what kind of information we access and what we do with it. We apologize for that."—Spotify, in blog post headlined "Sorry," after its new privacy policy raised a ruckus.
  • Gotta love it: "We apologize to them, their fans and ours."—McDonald's, after it got caught ripping off the idea for an ad campaign from photos posted by two freelancers of a mock engagement.
  • And for the record: "I believe in apologizing. But to apologize for me is very difficult. I definitely would apologize if I were wrong on something.”—Donald Trump, speaking to the Hollywood Reporter.