Jesse Williams pays less child support after ‘Grey’ release


Jesse Williams won’t be shelling out that much in child support, at least for now.

According to court documents filed Thursday, the actor’s monthly child support payments have been “temporarily changed” to $6,413, People reports.

Last month, Williams asked the court to cut his monthly child support payments by $40,000 to his ex-wife Aryn Drake-Lee now that he no longer appears on “Grey’s Anatomy.”

“I ask the Court to reduce child support to a reasonable amount that I can afford given the significant reduction in my income and the now fluctuating nature of my income,” the 40-year-old actor said in court documents.

Williams left the ABC medical drama in May 2021 after 12 seasons and now stars in the Broadway revival of Richard Greenberg’s play “Take Me Out.”

He claimed in the documents that he now earns $1,668 a week compared to his big “Grey’s Anatomy” paycheck, which totaled $6.2 million and $183,000 in residuals from the shot from Shondaland.

Patrick J. Adams, Jesse Williams and Jesse Tyler Ferguson at the opening night of "take me out" on Broadway.
Williams plays a gay baseball player in “Take Me Out.”
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He and Drake-Lee, 40, share joint custody of their two children: Sadie, 8, and Maceo, 6.

The couple separated in 2017, but their nasty divorce wasn’t finalized until October 2020.

They have already fought over custody and payments. In April 2021, they were required to take “high-conflict” parenting classes, to teach them strategies for avoiding conflict when co-parenting.

Jesse Williams and his ex-wife Aryn Drake-Lee
Jesse Williams and his ex-wife Aryn Drake-Lee share two children.
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Williams is currently winning accolades for his Broadway debut as a gay baseball player who comes out in “Take Me Out” in which he has to strip.

“I was terrified,” Williams told Page Six of appearing naked, “but then I noted that was what I asked God for. I asked to be terrified. I asked to do something scary and challenging and I won it and felt alive and uncomfortable.


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