Jesse Williams recently scored a massive win in his bitter child support battle with his ex-wife Aryn Drake-Lee after a judge decided to lower the actor’s payment to a little over $6,000 a month. The decision comes after the former “Grey’s Anatomy star” requested the amount be reduced by more than $30,000 following his exit from the hit ABC show.
According to legal documents obtained by RadarOnline.com, the 41-year-old and the real estate broker appeared in front of a court judge on Tuesday, Sept. 6, for a hearing on child support.
The outlet reported that before taking the stand, folks were asked to leave, and the judge announced that he would lower the actor’s child support payments to $6,146 per month when he is in town and has custody of his two kids. When the “Station 19” actor is away, he is ordered to pay Drake-Lee a total of $7,953.
Last April, a judge agreed to temporarily lower the star’s installments to $6,413, a significant drop from the $40,000 he was obligated to pay monthly for his two children, 8-year-old daughter Sadie and 6-year-old son Maceo.
In a letter filed by the seasoned Hollywood star, Williams claimed he was not making as much since leaving the drama series. However, he also accused his former partner of investing the monthly payments into “failed or failing businesses while failing to seek gainful employment despite having an Ivy League degree, speaking three languages, and having a wealth of competitive real estate experience.”
He continued, “non-income-producing experiments such as a restaurant, in June 2020, wellness and apothecary shops is contrary to our children’s best interests.”
He added, “I am not trying to shirk my responsibility to support our children, but both parents have a duty to support the children, and Aryn has clearly refused to participate, insisting that I be entirely responsible.”
Williams and Drake-Lee met in New York City when the latter was still a school teacher. The pair ultimately tied the knot in 2017 but divorced five years later. The separation was finalized in October 2020.