John Singleton Said In Court Docs His Income Went Way Down
John Singleton got the child support break he was gunning for when a judge agreed to halve his monthly obligation for his teen daughter with his actress ex-wife Akousia Busia.
Last week LA Family Court Judge Armen Tamzerian ruled that the “Boyz In The Hood” director’s child support for daughter Hadar, 18, would be reduced to $2,100 a month from $4,000, siding with Singleton on his claim that he needed the cutback because he wasn’t balling like he once was.
Singleton 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 said he’s responsible for his three other kids, Justice, 20, Maasai, 18 and Selenesol, 14, who also live with the “Poetic Justice” director.
“The court finds there is a material change in circumstance regarding the child support order contained in the judgment entered March 18, 1998 and the modification of support entered January 28, 2002, based upon petitioner’s decrease in income, and the amount of tuition now being paid for Hadar,” Judge Tamzarian wrote.
But he’s not off the hook yet. Singleton also has to pay Busia $68,000 in back tuition for the 18-year-old’s exclusive Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan. However, Singleton won’t be responsible for the girl’s school fees next year, according to the court order.
Singleton sued his ex earlier this year for the child support decrease, but she countered that he stiffed her out of more than $200,000 in tuition for their girl. The pair were married for less than a year in 1997, and BOSSIP revealed Busia believed Singleton divorced her so that she wouldn’t be able to get a portion of his profits from his film, “Shaft.”
Busia, well known for playing character Nettie in “The Color Purple,” is now appearing alongside Lupita N’yongo in the play “Eclipsed,” on Broadway.