Dr. Dre was allegedly served with divorce documents at his grandmother’s funeral this Monday in Los Angeles.
When a process server reportedly approached him on behalf of his estranged wife Nicole Young, Dre, 56, is said to have refused to take the papers in hand, prompting the process server to let them fall to the ground.
Insiders in Dre and Young’s camps told TMZ conflicting stories about where exactly at the funeral the encounter took place.
Sources close to Young said the process server went up to Dre in the parking lot, dropping the documents to the ground there when Dre would not accept them.
Meanwhile the sources close to Dre insist that the entire situation unfolded within the graveyard while he was near the coffin.
Dre, real name Andre Young, saw his parents split up when he was a little boy and was largely brought up by his late grandmother.
The funeral came a month after Dre was ordered to pay an ‘extra $1.55million’ in attorney fees to his estranged wife.
A judge recently issued a ‘temporary order’ in the pair’s ongoing divorce case laying out how much Dre is expected to pay Young, including spousal support and legal fees.
According to court docs obtained by The Blast, the judge cited the ‘disparity’ of assets between Dre and Young, as well as ‘attorney’s training and experience in family law,’ as reasons for the uptick in fees.
‘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.
In regards to the heft nature of the fees, the judge continued: ‘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 and costs are $ 550,000.00.’
Dr.Dre is being ordered to ‘pay all of the lawyer’s fees based on the “disparity” that exists between the two parties’ assets and income.
‘Nicole has assets totaling “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.’
There is also no budging on the already declared $300,000 a month in spousal support Dre is expected to pay Nicole, a decision that was reiterated in the judge’s recent court order.
The Blast stated that Dre may not have to fret over the payout since much of his ‘fees are being offset by living expenses and other payments for the couple’s homes, security, and other expenses.’
Back in January, The 56-year-old rapper/producer agreed to pay Young $2million to ‘cover all’ of her bills, as well as an additional $500,000 for legal fees, as reported by TMZ.
Nicole had originally asked for $5million to pay her lawyers and $2million in monthly spousal support, neither of which were granted or agreed upon.
In court documents obtained by DailyMail.com in April, Dre was ordered by the judge to hand over another $500,000 to his former spouse’s attorneys.
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.
The recent order from the court comes just weeks after Dr. Dre filed a lawsuit accusing Nicole of ’embezzling’ funds from his recording studio business.
He is suing her for allegedly taking money out of accounts for his Recording One music studio in Los Angeles’ Sherman Oaks neighborhood, according to legal filings obtained by The Blast.
The legal filings indicate that Recording One was formed in 2015 to operate as a recording studio.
Both Dre (who was born Andre Young) and his then-wife were in charge of ‘maintenance and control’ of the studio assets, and Recording One claims that Young was in charge of writing charges and transferring money for the business.
The studio contends that she ‘decimated’ its bank accounts by withdrawing $353,571.85 in the early stages of her divorce from from Dre, which she filed for in June of 2020.
Amid the divorce proceedings, she was removed from the studio’s trust.
In its filing, the studio argues that Young ‘egregiously’ failed to uphold her fiduciary interest by ’embezzling and stealing money from (the company’s) bank account, and using the money for her own, personal obligations.’
Young could find herself in serious legal trouble if the studio’s allegations are found to be true.
The business accuses her of violating Penal Code 496, which states: ‘Every person who buys or receives any property that has been stolen or that has been obtained in any manner constituting theft or extortion, knowing the property to be stolen or obtained, or who conceals, sells, withholds, or aids in concealing, selling, or withholding any property from the owner… shall be punished by imprisonment in county jail for not more than one year.’
Back in October 2020, TMZ reported that the Los Angeles Police Department was investigating Young for the withdrawals, though she claims that she had a right to withdraw the funds because her name was on the account.
Sources claimed to The Blast that Young has already paid back the money, though that wouldn’t necessarily absolve her of any potential legal wrongdoing.
In addition to the former NWA member’s nearly $300,000 per month spousal support payments — which are almost as much as the amount Young is accused of embezzling — he will continue to pay for the couple’s homes in Malibu and Pacific Palisades, as well as for her health insurance.
Young had initially requested $1.9 million per month, so he’s only paying a fraction of that amount.
Young filed to divorce Dre in June 2020, citing irreconcilable differences.
She claimed in her filing that the musician and businessman threw her out of their home on April 2 of that year following ‘a night of Andre’s alcohol-induced, brutal rage, which included, but was not limited to, his screaming at her to ‘get the f*** out.”
She also claimed that their marriage was ‘earmarked by all types of abuse,’ and she accused him of punching her and holding a gun to her head on multiple occassions.
Dre has denied all of the allegations of abuse, but he has been accused of abusing women multiple times throughout his career.
In 1992, he pleased no contest to assaulting the rapper and journalist Dee Barnes.
She claimed that he assaulted her at a party by repeated slamming her head and body against a brick wall before attempting to throw her down a staircase and then kicking her in the ribs and hand.
She said he also grabbed her by the back of her hair and punched her in the back of her head.
While the assault went on, Dre’s bodyguard allegedly pulled a gun on the crowd to prevent anyone from rescuing Barnes.