Akosua Busia Told An LA Judge That Director Owes Her Hundreds Of Thousands For Their Daughter’s Boarding School Tuition
The ex-wife of acclaimed movie director John Singleton said the filmmaker has stiffed her out of their daughter’s private school tuition to the tune of six figures, BOSSIP has learned.
Akosua Busia said she’s raising their daughter, Hadar Busia-Singleton
alone in Ghana, and despite a court order, the movie maker won’t budge on paying Hadar’s megabucks tuition from private schools in Ghana, England and Michigan.
Busia said under the terms of their divorce, Singleton was supposed to pay for the girl’s education. But Busia said she had to front the tuition money when he didn’t, and she wants the Boyz In The Hood director to pay her $204,056—the amount she said she’s owed for their daughter’s education and after school activities for the over 12 years—and pay her $30,000 lawyer fees.
Busia, a writer and actress who is well known for playing Nettie in “The Color Purple,” said she’s had to sell assets and take out high interest loans to keep Hadar enrolled in the pricey schools. She said Hadar was once kicked out of school for several weeks when Busia didn’t have the cash because she was paying for her sick mother’s hospital stay, but Singleton still wouldn’t pay.
“John’s failure to honor the court order and our other agreements with respect to the payment of Hadar’s tuition has caused me to go into debt to pay for our daughter’s education and has caused both myself and Hadar great emotional suffering,” Busia said in court papers.
Busia also wants him to pony up Hadar’s $65,000 tuition upfront for the exclusive Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan for next school year.
But Singleton said in his own filing that he pays Busia $4,000 a month in child support and there’s no proof that he owes her the money.
Busia said when she and Hadar moved to Ghana in 2003, Singleton promised he’d pay her the difference between what Hadar’s school tuition cost in Ghana and what it would’ve cost in California, but he never did.
“Based on John’s agreement, I did not seek an increase in child support,” Busia said in the court docs, “despite the fact that the child support at $4,000 a month is woefully low and inadequate based on John’s income and assets.”
But Singleton said he never agreed to pay Busia the difference in tuition, and their divorce settlement says he’s only responsible for paying her school fees in Ghana, which he said he has.
BOSSIP revealed that Busia believed Singleton filed for divorce from her so he didn’t have to give up his money from writing and directing “Shaft.” Despite “Shaft’s” profits, Singleton said in court docs he’s not balling like he once was. He said he now pulls in $14,500 a month, but has $24,000 in expenses, including $8,300 in mortgages for homes in Los Angeles and Miami. Singleton three other kids, Justice, 20, Maasai, 18 and Selenesol, 14, also live with the “Poetic Justice” director.
“This is a frivolous application which I should not be required to finance,” the “Baby Boy” director said in court docs. “As my income and expense declaration demonstrates, I have substantial expenses relating to my other children. Moreover, my income is modest compared to my past income.”
An LA family court judge will make a ruling next month.