Dr. Dre has been ordered by a court to pay $500,000 to his estranged wife’s divorce lawyers.
Nicole Young — who has been married to the hip-hop icon since 1996 — had asked Los Angeles Judge Michael Powell to force Dre to pay $2 million per month in spousal support and $5 million for her attorney fees.
But, during a hearing on Tuesday, April 27, 2021, a Superior Court judge ordered Dre to pay her lawyers $500,000 within 10 days, while a decision on the spousal support issue has been delayed until another hearing on July 8.
In a written ruling, the judge said: “Pending the next hearing dates on this matter, the Court grants only $500,000 in attorney’s fees to petitioner’s (Nicole’s) counsel … Fees are to be paid to petitioner’s counsel, no later than May 7.”
The 56-year-old star has agreed to continue paying for Young’s monthly expenses and will also continue to pay the mortgage on the Malibu home she lives in.
However, the producer has insisted he won’t pay for her security costs.
In January, Dre agreed to pay Young, 51, $2 million in spousal support, which was to cover the period up until April 14.
Young had been asking for more than $2 million a month, but Dre’s lawyer previously told the court her client has been voluntarily paying all her expenses since they split.
Young also sought $5 million in attorney’s fees, but her estranged husband said he has already paid close to $1 million voluntarily, even though the divorce documents weren’t even filed until June last year.
Dre has denied Young’s allegations of emotional and physical abuse.
Although Young doesn’t work, she’s claimed she “played an important role” in Dre’s career, which included being “integral” to the naming of his record label, Aftermath.
Young later filed another lawsuit, claiming she co-owns the trademark to her estranged husband’s name, along with that of his 1992 album, The Chronic.