Dr. Dre and Nicole Young’s divorce keeps getting uglier. According to Page Six, the producer’s estranged wife has filed a lawsuit claiming she co-owns the trademark to his moniker and his seminal, multi-platinum album The Chronic.
Court documents reportedly allege Dre was also“caught secretly transferring valuable trademarks he owned with his wife … to a newly created asset holding company that he created and controlled after he expelled his wife from their home, and before he threatened to file divorce.”
The docs further go on to assassinate Dre’s character with, “Two days after the threat, Nicole had no choice and initiated divorce proceedings. Andre’s transparent and reprehensible scheme to transfer these assets away, without Nicole’s knowledge or consent, so he could retain more for himself in a divorce from his wife of 24 years, and the mother of his three children, is an epic failure and reveals the true nature of his character, or lack thereof.”
Young claims after Dre forced her out of their family home in April, “he quickly plotted to secretly transfer their assets, to deny Nicole her equal share.”
Her legal team, which includes celebrity attorney Bryan J. Freeman, wants the trademarks to be put in a trust. She’s also suing for damages and legal fees.
Meanwhile, Dre’s lawyers alleged Young has refused to turn over his belongings from the Malibu home where she’s staying, including his golf clubs, a motorcycle and registered handgun. But, she argued he can afford replacements.
Young has asked for Dre, whose estimated net worth is over $1 billion, to pay her roughly $2 million per month in temporary spousal support as well as $5 million for legal fees.
Although it was initially reported they didn’t have a prenuptial agreement, it turned out Dre — in fact — did have Young sign one prior to their marriage. But she believes it’s null and void because Dre not only “forced” her to sign it but also once ripped the paper in half as some kind of romantic gesture.
The couple married in 1996 and have two adult children together.
As far as The Chronic, the album dropped in 1992 and catapulted Dre and Snoop Dogg to notoriety. The project peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 and has been certified 3x-platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). As a result, Dre becoming one of the Top 10 best-selling American performing artists of 1993. Songs on the project included “Nuthin But A G Thang,” “Let Me Ride” and “Lil’ Ghetto Boy.”