Dr. Dre was ordered to pay spousal support of over $3.5 million a year to his ex-wife, and people reacted in radically different ways, with one describing it as "highway robbery."
Recently, a Los Angeles court ordered Dr. Dre to pay Nicole Young $293,306 a month in spousal support, cover the costs of their Malibu and Palisades homes, as well as provide her with health insurance.
This agreement applies until Young marries again, enters into a domestic partnership, either of them dies, or until further notice from the court. The former couple shares two children, Truce and Truly.
Dr. Dre on January 30, 2020 in Hollywood, California. | Photo: Getty Images
PAYING THE SAME AMOUNT
Dr. Dre's support order is equivalent to what he has been contributing since their separation, a source told People, adding that it is a fraction of the $2 million every month Young and her lawyers wanted.
The latest court ruling comes after Dr. Dre was declared legally single about a month ago following Young's allegations of physical and emotional abuse, which Dr. Dre denied. According to the document:
"Marital or domestic partnership status is terminated and the parties are restored to the status of single persons."
Dr. Dre and Nicole Young at Barker Hangar on October 11, 2018 in Santa Monica, California. | Photo: Getty Images
Several people expressed their opinions after hearing about Dr. Dre's spousal support obligations. Some feel sorry for the acclaimed rapper, while others make fun of him.
On Twitter, one user suggested that people pray for Dr. Dre, then joked that the rapper wasn't dead; he just has to pay his ex-wife Young $300,000 a month until she passes away or remarries another man.
According to reports, Dr. Dre used romantic letters to entice Young away from her first husband.
A second person showed compassion for Dr. Dre, writing, "Dre gotta pay 3.5 mil to Nicole a year for spousal support is highway robbery smh [sic]." In his post, someone commented that the amount was absurd.
Another user explained that if you get divorced after being married for over two decades, you have to pay your ex the amount they are used to. To avoid this situation, the user said they should sign a prenuptial agreement.
A woman admitted that $3.5 million per year is a significant amount of money. But she noted that Dr. Dre's empire and success are precisely the results of a joint venture that lasted for more than two decades.
Meanwhile, someone else said that people couldn't express how absurd it is that Dr. Dre, the founder and CEO of Beats Electronics, pays his ex-wife $300,000 monthly since they are all in different tax brackets.
THE LEGAL BATTLE
As reported by Billboard, both sides appear set for a struggle over Dr. Dre's substantial property, despite his unexpected hospitalization with a reported brain aneurysm over the first week of January.
The legal battle kicked off in June 2020 following Young's filing for divorce from Dr. Dre in Los Angeles Superior Court, citing their irreconcilable differences and requesting spousal support.
Dr. Dre's lawyers filed a copy of what the couple signed as part of their prenup in December, noting that all of their property acquired since they wed is separate and that Young didn't give up her right to spousal support.
Earlier this year, People reported that Young had detailed multiple incidents of Dr. Dre's alleged abuse in court records. According to her, the mogul threatened her by holding a gun to her head twice in 2000 and 2001.
Young also claimed that Dr. Dre had struck her in the face and head in 1999 and 2000 and kicked down a door in 2016 when she tried to evade him, among different instances of abuse.
As a result of Dr. Dre's verbal and emotional abuse of Young, she has post-traumatic stress disorder, Young claimed in her documents filed with the Superior Court of California.
When she first met Dr. Dre, who has an estimated net worth of at least $800 million, Young was already married. In 1992, when she was 22 years old, she got married to NBA player Sedale Threatt.
According to reports, Dr. Dre used romantic letters to entice Young away from her first husband. Their relationship allegedly began when he asked her to leave the basketball player. Their wedding took place in May 1996.
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