Dr. Dre and Nicole Young were married for 24 years before she officially pulled the plug last June amid “irreconcilable differences.” But the divorce proceedings have been anything but simple. The former couple is currently entangled in a contentious battle over a prenuptial agreement Young believes should be deemed null and void, while Dr. Dre wants it to remain intact.
As the fight for Dre’s estimated $800 million fortune continues, the lauded Hip Hop producer is reportedly being ordered to dole out even more money to his estranged wife. According to Page Six,a judge ordered Dr. Dre to pay Young another $1.55 million in legal fees and costs this week in addition to the $2 million he’s already covered.
The judge estimated Young’s “reasonable legal fees in the case” total around $3 million plus costs so far. Subsequently, Dre will now have to pay $1 million toward the balance of her fees, plus another $550,000 in costs associated with the case. Celebrity attorney Samantha Spector, who represents Young, charges around $1,110 an hour, so the staggering bill isn’t exactly a shocker.
Dr. Dre also must cough up $293,306 in monthly temporary spousal support as well as pay for household costs such as security, insurance, gardening, taxes, repairs and maintenance. The latest ruling said Young and Dre must confer on any added expenses Dre owes her on the household costs by next month.
Young is facing a lawsuit from her former husband as well. Earlier this month, Dr. Dre sued Young for allegedly “stealing” money from Recording One Studio in Sherman Oaks, California.
Legal documents explained she and Dre were listed on the business to be involved in “maintenance and control” of its assets, while Young was given the authority to draw checks and transfer funds for the business.
Recording One said Young “decimated” the company’s bank account not long after she filed for divorce, withdrawing $353,571.85. The company added Young “egregiously” breached her fiduciary duties by “embezzling and stealing money from (the company’s) bank account, and using the money for her own, personal obligations,” something she strongly denied. In fact, Young said she promptly returned the money to the account.