With a billion-dollar fortune at stake, Dr.Dre’s impending divorce from Nicole Young challenges the validity of a prenuptial agreement they signed, but was then reportedly quickly abandoned after their marriage, reports the New York Daily News. Young has filed a lawsuit to file a separate lawsuit request to challenge the “validity and enforceability” of the deal, a lawsuit that could end up voiding the deal altogether.
The record states that “Dre’s net worth is estimated to be around $ 1 billion, which was largely earned over the parties’ 24 years of marriage” (a figure a little higher than our own calculation of Dre’s net worth. ), and Young says their deal doesn’t quite hold up for two reasons. First, Young says that when she signed it in May 1996 before marrying Dre, it was under duress:
“Andre put undue pressure on Nicole to sign the agreement in order to get married, leaving her no choice but to do so. She reluctantly signed it.”
The second is the more interesting wrinkle, which is Young’s claim that Dre himself tore up the chord a few years later because of the alleged coercion:
“About two to three years after their marriage, André tore up the parties’ prenuptial agreements in Nicole’s presence.”
This, the record says, was an acknowledgment from Dre that “Nicole had signed [the prenup] under duress, coercion and undue influence and knew that the terms of the agreement were manifestly unacceptable. “
Now it will be up to a judge to decide whether this could indeed be the case.
Nicole Young filed for divorce from Dr Dre (whose real name is Andre Young) in June of this year, so we’re still pretty early in what could prove to be a long process, especially given the financial stakes of the business. now legally contested split and prenup.