Hip-hop star Xzibit is in a full-on financial battle with his estranged wife, Krista Joiner. Joiner is seeking usual support, and the former “Pimp My Ride” TV star claims he can’t afford it.
Now Joiner is accusing Xzibit of lying to the court about his financial situation so he can avoid paying her. After six and a half years of marriage, Joiner filed for divorce in February 2021.
In the latest court docs filed in California by Joiner and obtained by TMZ, she claims Xzibit’s brother told her he earns more than $1 million a month in cash from cannabis companies and stores and that he stores the money in multiple locations using bank-sized vaults. The brother also told her, she said, that he personally stashed $20 million for Xzibit.
Joiner also said she recently lost her job and has no way to support herself or their son.
Xzibit and Dr. Dre recently won a lawsuit defending themselves in a case against their Brass Knuckles cannabis company.
Spousal support may be ordered even when spouses reside together, depending on the state, the Legal Aid Society says.
In New York, for example, the spousal support amount is calculated based on the income of both parties as well as the length of the marriage.
Xzibit reportedly has a net worth of $500,000, according to Celebrity Net Worth.
His financial troubles have been no secret as he has filed for bankruptcy twice–once in 2009 and again in 2010. He also owed the IRS nearly $1 million in back taxes in 2010. According to his 2010 bankruptcy filing, the artist had $793,433 worth of assets and $1.4 million worth of debts.
In his response to Joiner’s spousal request, Xzibit claims Joiner makes $175,000 annually in salary.
Xzibit did have a successful music career, which he launched at the age of 14 under the pseudonym “Exhibit A.” His made his first professional appearance in February 1995 on the Alkaholiks’ “Coast II Coast” on the song “Hit and Run.” This landed him a contract with Loud Records, on which he dropped his hit debut album, “At the Speed of Life” in October 1996. He landed on the Billboard charts
He released his second album “40 Dayz & 40 Nightz” in 1998, which had four successful singles, including “What U See is What U Get.” Xzibit then ventured into acting, starring in the film “The Breaks.”
He hadn’t fully abandoned music. He released his third studio album “Restless,” with Dr. Dre as executive producer and guest appearances by Snoop Dogg, Eminem, among others. It proved to be his biggest album, selling almost 2 million copies and was certified platinum.
By 2004 he was signed to host the MTV show “Pimp My Ride.” While show, which ran until 2007, brought him international mainstream fame, today Xzibit says he was underpaid, especially since he was unable to tour to promote his music due to the show’s production schedule. Xzibit earned $497,175 per year for “Pimp My Ride,” according to Celebrity Net Worth.