Dr. Dre, an American rapper, has been ordered by a judge to pay $1.55 million in legal fees to his estranged wife, Nicole Young, in addition to the hefty amount of spousal maintenance.
Nicole’s fair legal fees in the case, according to the Judge, totaled $3 million, plus costs.
Dre, whose real name is Andre Romelle Young, was ordered by the court to pay $1 million toward Nicole’s remaining bills, as well as $550,000 in case costs.
The judge attributed the increase in fees to the “disparity” of assets between Dre and Young, as well as the “attorney’s training and experience in family law.”
“Ms. Samantha F. Spector and Lisa Helfend Meyer, certified family law specialists, have significant years of experience in family law and have extensive practical experience in complex family law matters,’ the judge writes.
“Considering the level of the case’s complexity, and the issues involved, an attorney of their level and skill is reasonably necessary; and therefore, the various hourly rates of the primary and secondary attorneys participating in this litigation are reasonable and justifiable.
“Considering what is just and reasonable and using the Court’s own experience and knowledge that the payee’s reasonable fees are $3,000,000.00.
“Nicole has assets totalling ‘approximately 39 million dollars’ and Dr Dre has approximately ‘243 million dollars’,” the court order states.
It is also noted that the payments Nicole is to receive are ‘only good through July of 2021’ and that she and her former spouse, who are now declared legally single, are “being asked to meet and confer over what the costs might be to take the case to trial.”
The Judge also reiterated in the order that Dre is to pay Nicole, $300,000 a month in spousal support.
The 56-year-old rapper/producer had in January, agreed to pay Nicole $2 million to ‘cover all’ of her bills, as well as an additional $500,000 for legal fees, as reported by TMZ.
Nicole had initially asked for $5million to pay her lawyers and $2million in monthly spousal support, neither of which were granted or agreed upon.
However, in July, it was ruled that Dre would pay nearly $300,000 per month to his ex in spousal support for the foreseeable future, instead of the proposed $5million she was seeking.