Jesse Williams’ Request to Reduce $50K Monthly Child Support Payment Denied

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Grey’s Anatomy actor Jesse Williams’ plea to a judge over his child support case did not go according to plan. Williams is currently paying his estranged wife Aryn Drake-Lee $50,000 monthly for child support.

According to The Blast, the actor/activist requested lower child support payments and a new trial. After hearing arguments from both Drake-Lee and Williams, the court sided with Williams’ estranged wife.

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NEW YORK – JULY 28: Actor Jesse Williams (R) and Aryn Drake-Lee attend the premiere of “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2” at the Ziegfeld Theatre on July 28, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)

Last month Williams requested a new trial after being ordered earlier in the year to pay out a total of $100,000 a month to Drake-Lee, half of which goes toward spousal support. “The Butler” actor argued that the evidence provided by Drake-Lee to reach that total was insufficient. The rate was in part based on Williams’ monthly salary of $521K a month. The actor believed he is a victim of “error in law.”

TMZ obtained documents that Williams claimed his ex-wife “wildly inflated” numbers on the requested payments for their children so she can pocket some extra funds.

After the initial ruling Drake-Lee requested an increase from $50,000 to $73,369. Williams may not have won a reduction but it’s certainly not an increase. In general, the activist finds his soon-to-be ex-wife’s requests “absurd and greedy.” According to court documents provided by Williams, the once-happy couple agreed that their children “should live a simple life without wasting money on the extravaganza.” It further stated that  “A constant theme throughout our divorce proceedings has been Aryn marginalizing me as a father and frustrating my custodial timeshare with the children.”

Williams filed for divorce in April 2017.

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