Akosua Busia Says Singleton Ditched Her Once He Knew He’d Get Fat Payout From “Shaft,” Court Papers Say
Movie director John Singleton’s ex-wife said he filed for divorce from her to stop her from getting her hands on his profits from writing and directing “Shaft,” BOSSIP can reveal.
Akosua Busia said Singleton suddenly split up with her because he was due to receive at least five percent of “Shaft’s” profits of more than $100 million, Busia said in legal docs filed in LA Family Court. Busia said Singleton filed for a dissolution of their yearlong marriage only days after she gave birth to their daughter, Hadar, now 18.
Busia – well known for playing Nettie in “The Color Purple” – made the shocking allegations in court papers, where she asked a judge to force Singleton to pay her more than $200,000 for their daughter’s pricey private school education. Singleton is contesting her request.
“The weekend following Hadar’s birth, John flew to New York for pre-production for the making of the Shaft movie, for which John had just completed the writing of the script,” Busia said in court papers.
“We happily announced the birth of our child, and later that week without any advanced notice, and while I was not aware of any problems in our marriage, John filed a petition for dissolution of our marriage, which I believe was due to his concern that if we stayed married, the significant amounts he would earn on “Shaft” as both writer and director would be community property.”
The ex-wife said she and Singleton got together in 1993, and got hitched three years later, before splitting in 1997.
Busia also said that Singleton hid the fact that he had another son, Maasai, during their marriage, who shares the same birthday as their daughter but is three years older.
“Unknown to me during our marriage, hence John disappeared from the hospital as I was birthing Hadar, to attend the party he was throwing for Maasai at a skating rink,” she said.