Jesse Williams wants a reduction in his $40,000 monthly child support for his ex-wife Aryn Drake-Lee now that he is no longer starring in ‘Grey’s Anatomy’.
“I am asking 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 actor, 40, said. , in court documents filed last Thursday and obtained by Page Six.
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 currently earns $1,668 a week compared to his grand total of $6.2 million and $183,000 residual from “Grey’s Anatomy.”
Williams said the hit TV show was the “main source of income for [his] family” and argued that he couldn’t pay the hefty bill every month since his release. He and Drake-Lee, 40, share joint custody of their two children: Sadie, 8, and Maceo, 6.
“Child support of $40,000 per month ($480,000 per year) which began October 1, 2019, was almost entirely based on my episodic ‘Grey’s’ fees which were my primary source of income at the time” , he explained in the filing.
“Child support was also based on my other sources of income, which included leftovers from my ‘Grey’s’ for the shows I appeared on during the marriage, and after Aryn and I separated, as well as sporadic income from occasional smaller acting, endorsement or appearance work,” he continued. “All of my additional sources of income were/are much lower than my old episodic fees from ‘Grey’s.'”
Williams said her children would not be affected by the proposed change as they have always lived a “modest lifestyle”.
He also explained that he quit his role as Dr Jackson Avery because he “scored over 95% of my reputation as an actor and it was imperative to expand my work before it was too late. “.
Williams and Drake-Lee split in April 2017, but they didn’t finalize their divorce until October 2020. The exes had a tumultuous breakup and were even ordered to attend “very conflicts” in April 2021.
The two met around 2007 when Williams was a schoolteacher in New York. They married in September 2012.