Dr. Dre and his estranged wife Nicole Young are currently embroiled in a heated battle over access to the rap mogul’s financial records amid their increasingly messy divorce proceedings over the Beats mogul’s $1 billion fortune.
While the “Next Episode” rapper’s legal team are willing to share the couple’s joint tax returns, Dre’s accountant has filed a declaration in the case and explained he’s maintained “separate books and records for [Dre] and each of his separate property business entities for the past two decades.”
“We prepared a separate retainer agreement for our representation of (Dre’s) separate property and separate business interests and another retainer agreement for our work for the parties in connection with one joint community property account, the preparation of joint income tax returns, and the payment of various living expenses for the parties,” the accountant said. “The documents requested span more than a decade and involve at least seven different sets of books and records.”
It comes following news that week that Young claimed that she was “pressured” into signing the 1996 prenup and the rapper “tore it up” several years later, though Dre has denied the claim.
According to legal documents obtained by The Blast, “Dr. Dre’s wife has subpoenaed the hip hop mogul’s longtime accountant for copies of all of his business and accounting records going back 10 years.”
Dr. Dre explained in the legal docs, “Throughout our marriage, I have maintained separate books and records regarding my separate property and my separate property business entities I object to the production of such documents which contain my private information as well as my confidential business information that involves third parties as well.”
“For example‚ there is no basis for the production of my confidential employee employment records.”
Young may also go to court to request $1 million to “maintain the financial status quo” until arrangements can be made, while Dr. Dre is refuting that, despite the fact that they were married for over two decades, it doesn’t entitle Young to his significant fortune.
“Although the marital relationship does narrow spouses’ privacy rights from one another, it is not obsolete,” the docs state. “(Dre) is entitled to some modicum of privacy, including information relating to his health.”
Young filed for divorce back in July citing irreconcilable differences.