Dr. Dre is ready to let a judge determine whether the prenuptial agreement he and his estranged wife signed two-and-a-half decades ago is still valid.
Before Dre and his ex, Nicole Young, got hitched in 1996, they signed a prenup — that much is not up for debate. However, Nicole has argued that she was forced to sign the paperwork and claimed that Dre eventually ripped it up.
"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 in divorce docs last year. "Since the day he tore up the agreements, we both understood that there was no premarital agreement, and that it was null and void."
Dre has denied this and has filed legal documents asking for a five-day trial to determine the validity of the prenup, TMZ reports. In his argument, Dre is pointing to a clause in the document that says any alterations must come in writing.
Further, Dre wants the case to be handled by a private judge so that it doesn't play out in the public eye, but Nicole wants a traditional trial.
In late June 2020, 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 exists. 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.