Grey’s Anatomy vet Jesse Williams’ divorce cases are still ongoing, but he just landed another big win


Jesse Williams has had a lot going on in the past year, with his Broadway debut in take me out leading to a Tony Award nomination, not to mention his return to Grey’s Anatomy for its season 18 finale. But behind the scenes, the actor continues to battle his ex-wife, Aryn Drake-Lee, over child support. The former couple appeared in court again this week, where the Jackson Avery actor won a big victory.

In April, Jesse Williams lobbied for his monthly child support payments to be reduced due to a significant drop in income after his departure. Grey’s Anatomy. A judge agreed to temporarily reduce payments from $40,000 to $6,413. Radar reports that after hearing arguments from the actor and Aryn Drake-Lee in a closed courtroom on August 30, Drake-Lee would continue to receive a reduced amount. Williams was ordered to pay $6,146 in monthly child support while in town carrying out his regular custody agreement and $7,953 while working out of town.

It was another huge win for Jesse Williams, who saw his earnings — $6.2 million for the role of Jackson Avery in the ABC medical drama, plus $183,000 in residuals — reduced to just $1,668 a week when ‘he left Grey’s Anatomy after 12 seasons for the bright lights of Broadway.

While it’s easy to see how the change in income would make the $40,000 monthly payments quite difficult, Aryn Drake-Lee argued that she and the couple’s two children shouldn’t be punished for her husband’s decision. ex-husband to change jobs. She stressed that the move was her decision, and Jesse Williams shouldn’t be allowed to ‘dismiss his family responsibilities’ pursuing his “own path”.

Since filing for divorce in 2017, Jesse Williams and Aryn Drake-Lee have gone back and forth in court. Drake-Lee even accused the actor of intentionally complicating situations by filing documents on matters already decided. She accused Williams and his lawyers of “harass me, harass me and have tantrums when you don’t get what you want at the very last minute.

The former couple tied the knot in 2012 after being together for five years. They had two children – Sadie in 2013 and Maceo in 2015 – before separating in 2017. Their divorce was finalized in 2020.

For now, it looks like Aryn Drake-Lee will have to pay less child support than she used to receive. However, it will be interesting to see if his payments continue to fluctuate with his income. I wonder what would happen if he ever signed for a Japril spin-off starring Sarah Drew?

Waiting, Grey’s Anatomy fans should be reassured Jackson Avery and April Kepner are back togetheras they revealed in their guest spot on the Grey’s season finale, and Jesse Williams himself said ‘it’s possible’ Japril could make another appearance on the show one day. Season 19 of Grey’s Anatomy is slated to premiere at 9 p.m. ET on Thursday, Oct. 6 on ABC. Be sure to check out our TV program 2022 to see when all new and old shows air.


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