What’s in a name? A lot if you’re a famous rap mogul.
Dr. Dre’s estranged wife, Nicole Young, is suing Impresario Beats in the California courthouse, claiming she co-owns the brand in her name, as well as her landmark album, “The Chronic”. He also claims in court documents that Dre “secretly” transferred the precious brands to a holding company after he allegedly kicked it out earlier this year.
Young was represented in the case by Los Angeles Attorney Bryan J. Freedman, whose clients have included Gabrielle Union and Megyn Kelly in their disputes with NBC. In court documents, Nicole’s team allege that Dre was “caught secretly transferring valuable brands he owned with his wife … to a newly created asset holding that he created and controlled after he expelled his wife from their home and before threatening to file for divorce. “
The documents, obtained exclusively from Page Six, state that “Two days after the threat, Nicole had no choice and started the divorce proceedings. Andre̵
Page Six previously reported that Dre (born Andre Young) and Nicole are fighting over a prenup and that Nicole has been asking for $ 2 million a month in marital support after outlining the couple’s lavish lifestyle in court documents.
Now he claims in the latest lawsuit: “After Andre forced Nicole out of the family home around April 2, 2020, he quickly plotted to secretly transfer their assets, to deny Nicole her equal share.” And that “These precious brands were filed during Andre’s years of marriage to Nicole, which coincided with Andre’s years of growing success in the music industry. The brands are assumed to be community property under section 760. of the California family code. Because they were married, Nicole and Andre owned the marks jointly, from the date of their first filing in 1997 and through 2013, by virtue of being community property owners. “
The filing states that “Andre now claims he fully owns the brands.”
Nicole’s team wants the brands to be entrusted to a trust and she is suing for damages and legal fees. He also previously asked a court for $ 5 million in legal fees to fight his divorce case, indicating it will be an extremely expensive case.
Meanwhile, Dre’s attorneys previously alleged that Young refused to hand over his belongings from the Malibu home where he is – including his golf clubs, a motorcycle, and a registered pistol. She was fired from court documents that at nearly $ 1 billion worth, she can afford replacements.
Dre reps did not immediately comment. He was represented in his divorce by celebrity power attorney Laura Wasser.