One of the more wild claims to emerge from the pending divorce were Nicole Young’s claims that due to the “community property” laws in the State of California, she co-owned the trademarks to Andre Young’s stage name, “Dr. Dre,” and also the trademark to the iconic album The Chronic – since Dre registered them in 1997. The couple married May 25, 1996.
While Nicole was making her case in the press, so was Dre’s business partner. Larry Chatman, who founded Dre’s company Record One with him a number of years ago, then accused Nicole Young of grand theft, after she wrote checks that allowed her to withdraw almost $400k combined from the business accounts.
Chatman had already weighed in on the divorce proceedings by way of already accusing Nicole Young of embezzling $353,000 from the account at the end of August, a charge already one that carries a lot of weight. He accused her of criminal conduct and wrote a letter that quickly went viral. Chatman then claimed that the ex-wife withdrew another $31K after receiving the letter.
It seems as if Chatman felt in the right enough to go and file a police report, which alleges fully that the soon to be former Mrs. Young did indeed withdraw the amounts without authorization, to the tune of $385,029. He believes that she is the culprit and told the police as much.
She’d laid out in detail in court documents why she needs $2 million a month from Dre, including but not limited to $10K for cleaning and laundry, $135K for clothes, and over $900K for entertainment. TMZ reported that all told, the actual amount was $2.53 million dollars – and she wanted him to cover her attorney fees to the tune of $5 million dollars.
Both requests were denied.
The biggest point of contention between the two is still their pre-nuptial agreement, which either side has differing views on. Previously, Mrs. Young said that they ripped it up but Dr. Dre denies this.
“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.”
Dr. Dre has apparently decided to ignore her and let the judge decide, while Nicole has taken a different tactic, according to the Daily Mail. It seems as if she’s trying to subpoena statements from 3 of Dre’s mistresses, believing it will bolster her case in some way. Jillian Speer, a singer, entrepreneur Kili Anderson and Crystal Rogers aka Crystal Sierra, also known as the “Latin Queen of Hip-Hop.”
All three women have lawyered up and quickly, with their counsel Kris LeFan already filed a motion to dismiss the subpoenas, stating in court documents that none of the women even have any “information relevant to the enforceability” of any pre-nuptial agreements.
He also added, “Any extra marital affair would be irrelevant because California is a no-fault divorce state and, in a pleading, or proceeding for dissolution of marriage or legal separation of the parties, including depositions and discovery proceedings, evidence of specific acts of misconduct is improper and inadmissible.” We will have to see where this development leaves their case.