Nicole Young isn’t going down without a fight – not when there’s $500 million to fight for.
The estranged wife of rapper and record producer extraordinaire Dr Dre wants half his $1 billion fortune and is going to do everything in her power to get it.
Nicole (50) filed for divorce last month, citing irreconcilable differences. She is seeking spousal support and division of the couple’s property portfolio.
She made no mention of a prenup in her initial petition and sources connected to her insist there isn’t a legally binding one.
Dre (55) begs to differ. in his response to the divorce petition he insisted there was prenuptial agreement in place when the pair wed in May 1996.
According to court papers, he’s happy to pay Nicole spousal support – but any distribution of property should be governed by their prenup. There are no issues relating to child support or custody as the couple’s kids, daughter Truly (19) and son Truice (23), are adults.
Nicole, who is an attorney, filed legal docs in which she claims she was forced to sign the prenup, TMZ reports.
She says Dre (real name is Andre Young) is now worth $1 billion and before they tied the knot, “I was extremely reluctant, resistant and afraid to sign the agreement and felt backed into a corner. Given the extraordinary pressure and intimidation by Andre, I was left with no option but to hire a lawyer (of course, with the help of Andre's team of professionals) and unwillingly signed the agreement very shortly before our marriage.”
But, two years into their marriage Nicole claims Dre had a change of heart.
“Andre acknowledged to me that he felt ashamed he had pressured me into signing a premarital agreement and he tore up multiple copies of the agreement in front of me. Since the day he tore up the agreements, we both understood that there was no premarital agreement, and that it was null and void.”
According to Holly Davis, a partner at the Austin, Texas-based law firm Kirker Davis, the couple’s divorce proceedings just got “really hot”.
Holly, who is not involved in the case, told Fox Business the strategy Nicole is likely to use in the legal showdown could be hidden in the wording she used in her declaration response.
“Something really interesting is that by [Nicole] may be flagging some potential fraud in getting her to sign that prenup,” Holly says.
“So if she says that he ‘felt ashamed’ and knew it was bad for her, perhaps she's saying Dr Dre admitted to her that things weren't exactly revealed or listed in that prenup that should have been.”
If it turns out the musician was dishonest or acted fraudulently, Nicole could be entitled to half her estranged husband’s considerable fortune.
Your move, Dre.