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Former ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Star Jesse Williams Accuses Ex of Using Child Support Money on ‘Failed Businesses,’ Judge Drops Payments to $6K a Month

Jesse Williams, former star of the hit TV series “Grey’s Anatomy,” is making significantly less money from his Broadway appearances than he did from television, and a judge has granted him a reduction in his required child support payments.

HOLLYWOOD, CALIFORNIA – OCTOBER 24: Jesse Williams attends the Premiere of Netflix’s “The Irishman” at TCL Chinese Theatre on October 24, 2019 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)

In another legal battle in court against his ex-wife Aryn Drake-Lee regarding a hearing on child support, Williams, 41, testified on Aug. 30 in an attempt to lower his payments, a petition in which he succeeded, according to court documents obtained by Radar Online.

Payments Scaled Down

Whenever the actor works from New York City, he has been ordered to pay Drake-Lee a little over $6,000 monthly, and he has been ordered to pay roughly $8,000 from projects out of town. 

His ex-wife was already receiving $6,143 per month in temporary support, Radar reported.

The new payments come off the heels of his previous courtroom victory: initially, the actor got his $40K monthly child payments reduced last year.

Williams claims his payments were based on his 2019 earnings when the actor used to make $6.2 million from his acclaimed TV role and an additional $183k for residuals.

It is worth noting that Williams is reported to be making $1,600 per week from his Broadway show “Take Me Out.” He has an esitmated net worth of $12 million.

Money Tit-for-Tat

Williams also claims the child support intended for the couple’s 8-year-old daughter, Sadie, and 6-year-old son, Maceo, is financing Drake-Lee’s failed business ventures.

“[I have] spent thousands of dollars on [her] failed or failing businesses while [she is] failing to seek gainful employment despite having an Ivy League degree, speaking 3 languages, and having a wealth of competitive real estate experience,” Willams said in regards to Drake-Lee.

On the other hand, Drake-Lee has accused her ex-husband and his legal representation of making false statements and intimidation.

“Th re is a clear history of purposely made false statements coming from both your client, my ex-husband, as well as from your Law Office and the attorneys involved,” Drake-Lee said in a legal filing this summer, gossip blog The Jasmine Brand reported. “Bullying me, harassing me and having tantrums when you don’t get what you want at the very last minute. This is a repetitive pattern, seemingly quite by design. Creating as much chaos as you possibly can, and then blaming me for it.”

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