This child support battle between Grey’s Anatomy star Jesse Williams and his ex-wife Aryn Drake-Lee is sooo messy.
Aryn plans to represent herself after deciding to drop her divorce attorney Merissa V. Grayson . She has informed the court she plans to represent herself in her battle to increase her child support payments.
The decision to change up her strategy comes weeks after she suffered a huge loss in court. As RadarOnline.com first reported, Jesse and Aryn have been fighting over his child support payments since December.
The actor had been paying $40k a month for the two children he shares with his ex — a number that was reached based on his 2019 income of $6 million+ when he was appearing on the ABC drama.
Late last year, Jesse filed a declaration under seal explaining his dire financial situation. He said since leaving Grey’s in early 2021 — to explore other career opportunities — he had yet to lock down a lucrative acting role.
“My current income is far from sufficient to maintain a $40,000 per month child support number, especially since I still pay one-half of the children’s private school tuition, the children’s extracurricular activities, medical care, and all of their expenses when they are with me including child-care and my own expenses,” he claimed.
Jesse is currently starring in the Broadway show Take Me Out where he only receives $1,600 a week. Aryn scoffed at the plea to reduce the child support obligations.
He also accused Aryn of having, “spent thousands of dollars on failed or failing businesses while failing to seek gainful employment despite having an Ivy League degree, speaking 3 languages, and having a wealth of competitive real estate experience.”
The Hollywood star said his ex should get a job and help cover the costs of raising their kids.
She argued Jesse’s decision to leave a high-paying job meant he was selfish and put his own needs ahead of his children.
The court ended up siding with Jesse and temporarily slashed his child support payments down to $6k. The exes are set to appear in court in August to fight for a permanent order on support — where Aryn will demand the amount be increased substantially.
Jesse seems to be a messed up kind of guy. Talking about her many failed businesses was not cool. It takes bravery to build businesses, and they don’t always take off as fast as you would like.
As to her having an ivy league degree, he may be right that she can get a great job. In fact, she can get a 6 Figure job. But that’s neither here nor there.
The real juice here is that she took care of this man and supported him in his desire to become an actor. Women do not like listening when told not to build a man. But this situation is what happens nearly every time.
Jesse sees Aryn as a PROVIDER, and not a soft feminine woman who needs to be luxuriously provided for. He covers the cost of the kids and that’s that.
Let this be a lesson to get a man who provides, and build a successful business during that time.