“Grey’s Anatomy” star Jesse Williams faced off in court on Thursday afternoon with his ex-wife, where he argued he should not have to pay her $200,000 in their nasty divorce battle.
The actor and his ex, Aryn Drake-Lee, went before a judge to argue over whether or not Williams should be forced to pay $200,000 for the upcoming trial. Jesse has been fighting her, saying she needs to pay it herself.
The judge heard both sides and made a tentative ruling that Williams — who looked “visibly upset and frustrated” in the hearing — will have to pay the attorneys’ fees to his ex but did not make a final decision on the amount.
As The Blast first reported, Aryn Drake-Lee recently went to court requesting her ex pay her lawyer $100,000. Her powerhouse lawyer, Gary Fishbein, filed docs also seeking an additional $100,000 for a forensic accountant used to prepare for the upcoming divorce trial, which is set to go down later this year.
Jesse has been trying to get the judge to deny this request, saying he has already paid her $270,000 for her legal bills since the start of the case.
The actor argued Aryn is capable of contributing more toward her own fees, pointing out he pays her $100k a month in support alone. He accuses her of using her support to buy artwork and not pay her lawyers.
During the upcoming trial, Drake-Lee is expected to argue for no reduction in the support the “Grey’s Anatomy” star pays her per month. He has been battling her to try and lower it down from the current $100,000 a month, saying it’s way too high. She also believes Williams owes her close to $1 million in retroactive support.
Jesse Williams currently pays her $100k a month in support ($50k for child and spousal). This number was based on his average monthly income of $521,000.
Drake-Lee and Williams currently have joint legal custody with a flexible physical custody plan to accommodate his “Grey’s Anatomy” shooting schedule.
She also wanted a consistent schedule, saying her ex doesn’t provide her with his “Grey’s” shooting schedule but wants him to turn it over weekly.
Jesse and Aryn married in 2012 and split in 2017. They share two kids from their marriage.