Brace yourselves – Dr Dre’s billion-dollar divorce drama with his soon-to-be ex, Nicole Young, is levelling up.
The billionaire hip-hop mogul, whose real name is Andre Young, is accusing Nicole of refusing to allow him into their Malibu beach house, where she now lives, to get his stuff – including his golf clubs, a motorcycle and his gun.
The couple, who were married in 1996, announced in June that they were splitting up.
Earlier this week the 55-year-old filed documents claiming that Young is refusing to allow him into the house. Dre, who shares son Truice (23) and daughter Truly (19) with Nicole, is living in the couple’s Brentwood, California mansion.
“Mr Young sent someone to Malibu this morning to pick up some of his personal belongings (something Ms Young does almost daily at the Brentwood home),” attorneys for the music mogul, told Nicole’s lawyers.
“At first, your client said ok, but after walking away for five minutes (assumedly to you call your office) she came back and rejected the request. Please confirm that Mr. Young can have someone return to Malibu to retrieve his personal items without further interference sometime over the next few days,” Dre's lawyers wrote.
This case is ramping up to be a nasty one. A few weeks ago,
Dre revealed that the couple has a prenuptial agreement, although Nicole made
no mention of it in her her
initial divorce petition.
Nicole, who was previously married to NBA player Sedale Threatt, said she initially signed one, but as a romantic gesture, Dre tore it up a few years into their marriage.
Dre has denied this, and legal experts say that even if the document was destroyed, it wouldn’t invalidate its existence.
“It’s like saying, ‘the dog ate my homework’. It just doesn’t work,” US divorce lawyer Judith Poller told Vanity Fair.
Poller, who is not involved in the Young’s case, explained that for a prenup agreement to be amended or buried, it would have “to be signed in the same formality that the initial agreement was signed … and it absolutely would have to be in writing.”
A separate trial will reportedly be held to determine if there is in fact a valid prenuptial agreement, and if there is, whether the court will enforce it. Neither Nicole nor her lawyers have been able to get a copy of the prenup, according to legal papers filed by their side.
According to his legal filing the Beats founder is happy to
pay his estranged wife spousal support – but he says the distribution
of his $1 billion fortune should be governed by the prenuptial agreement,
which he denies having destroyed.
Nicole, herself an attorney, has also demanded an upfront $1 million payment, while they figure out the issues and access to use to couple's credit cards to 'maintain the financial status quo’ – something else Dre has refused to go along with.
In legal documents obtained by The Blast, Dre's lawyer says he is willing to pay for bills for the upkeep of the Malibu residence until they reach an agreement but claims it is still his property.
This one looks like it’s set to get a whole lot worse before it gets any better.