Dr. Dre’s estranged wife, Nicole Young, is challenging a prenuptial agreement from 1996, claiming she “unwillingly” signed the documents amid pressure from the rapper and his team.
In divorce documents obtained by TMZ, Nicole also claims Dre is actually far wealthier than most believe, listing his net worth at $1 billion — which is about $200 million higher than previously reported.
“I was extremely reluctant, resistant and afraid to sign the agreement and felt backed into a corner,” she wrote in her new court filing amid the couple’s increasingly contentious divorce. “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.”
Two years into the marriage, Nicole contends that the rapper admitted he forced her to sign the prenup.
“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,” she wrote. “Since the day he tore up the agreements, we both understood that there was no premarital agreement, and that it was null and void.”
Sources close to Dre, though, tell TMZ that this is all false and deny that the hip-hop mogul ever tore up an agreement or expressed regret over the prenup.
“Nicole had her own lawyer and she had a clear choice on whether to sign or not,” TMZ reported, citing Dre sympathizers.
Nicole is asking the judge to separate the divorce from the prenup — meaning she wants a bigger piece of the pie.
In late June, Nicole filed divorce paperwork, citing irreconcilable differences as the reason for the split. In her divorce filing, Nicole, a lawyer, didn’t mention that a prenuptial agreement existed. However, Dre legally responded to the filing a few weeks later. In his response, he agreed to pay his ex her requested spousal support but said their division of property should be governed by their prenup.