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Russell Brand to Katy Perry:

I Don't Want Your Money

2/8/2012 7:55 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Katy Perry and Russell Brand
Russell Brand
is entitled to approximately $20 million of Katy Perry's fortune ... but TMZ has learned he will not take a single penny of it.

Russell's lawyer filed final divorce papers Tuesday ... although the judge will make the divorce official on June 30, because there's a 6 month waiting period.

Informed sources tell TMZ ... Russell and Katy did NOT have a prenup. As a result, everything they earned during their 14-month marriage is community property -- which means they're each entitled to 50% of the pot.

Katy made $44 million between May, 2010 and May, 2011 -- according to Forbes. The couple married in October, 2010, so Russell could have scored a fortune if he exercised his community property rights. 

But here's the deal. As one source put it, "This divorce is as amicable as it gets, and Russell was a mensch (Yiddish for a good person)." He doesn't want Katy's money. He's happy to walk away with the money he earned -- which is far less than what Katy raked in.

So we gotta ask ...

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76.

Rebecca    

A real stand up guy. A quality that makes a man so attractive to me.

988 days ago
77.

Dina    

Of course he wouldn't take a penny of her money, he's British after all! We still have gentlemen around, even if they look like hairy monsters.

988 days ago
78.

Rey    

I have a new level of respect for him now.

988 days ago
79.

davey boy    

I don't particularly like either of them, but props to Brand. while one person's parents are making inflammatory remarks on church tours and said person is flirting with of-moment football players at her performances (as part of her never ending blow up doll schtick), it is nice to see that someone has taken the high road.

988 days ago
80.

Rain    

It is extremely beneficial to Russell's career that he take the high road here - people would dislike him immensely if he took Katy's money. I think it is also a planned career move for him, as well.

988 days ago
81.

Sandra     

Not a fan but respect him for doing the right thing!!

988 days ago
82.

mzREZA    

SUCH class,too bad more divorces can't be like theirs.

988 days ago
83.

jenn    

it is pretty cool of him. but what does he care? he will make a fortune from telling all their dirty little secrets in his book right?

988 days ago
84.

Dianne    

Best thing you did so far, Brand.

988 days ago
85.

jen    

russell is a good man, and katie is a fool. i hope she lives a happy life doing whatever her "christian" parents tell her to. good luck finding another man who doesn't want to take advantage of her.

988 days ago
86.

Megan C.    

I think that is great of him. I think that's how every divorce should be, they don't owe each other anything.
He seems like he is a great person and I wish them both happiness!

988 days ago
87.

Ramona    

Now if he would just stop trash talking about her. We can't say who's the "good guy" here because we don't know what happened in their marriage, it's all supposition. He could be a really great guy but usually "really great guys" will talk to their spouse instead of blindsiding them with divorce papers.

988 days ago
88.

Torey    

LOL - THE PROOF IS IN THE PUDDING. LOOK AT ALL OF THE PEOPLE IN HERE WHO SAID THEY WOULD TAKE THE MONEY!

AND THE ONE COMMON DENOMINATOR: THEY'RE ALL WOMEN.

If it was a woman, you know she'd take the man's money. If the roles were reversed, and Russell was the richer more famous one, you KNOW that nasty skag would take it. Women are money hungry, and any of ya'll women in here who say you wouldn't take it are lying. Remember the hoes that extorted money out of Tiger Woods? And for what? Consensual sex.

988 days ago
89.

RJ    

Very fishyyy

988 days ago
90.

jarokafela    

I think it is awesome that he doesn't want her money. The big question is, if he was the one that made 44 million would she take his money?

988 days ago
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