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Akousia Busia Said She Deserves More Money From Director Ex

They officially divorced back in the 90s, but that hasn’t stopped director John Singleton’s actress ex-wife from now going after his coins.

Akousia Busia, who was briefly married to Singleton nearly 20 years ago, said she deserves more of the profits he earned during their marriage, including what he made from writing and directing the remake of “Shaft.”

The actress – who is well known for playing “Nettie” in the 1984 movie, “A Color Purple” – filed docs in L.A. County Superior Court asking a judge to force the “Poetic Justice” director to reveal exactly how much money he made while they were together.

The actress, who recently appeared on Broadway alongside Lupita Nyong’o in “Eclipsed,” said the $55,000 payment she got as part of the divorce was much less than what he actually earned when they split in 1997.

Busia said she has some of Singleton’s paperwork, which shows he made a $2.5 million plus deal to direct Shaft, which starred Samuel L. Jackson and grossed $70 million at the box office. She said Singleton also earned $400,000 for his first draft of “Shaft,” and $120,000 for his work on “Gold Diggers.” Singleton also had a deal for $1 million with Paramount Pictures, Busia said.

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And despite their final divorce judgment stating that Singleton had to tell Busia how much he made when they were together, she said he has refused.

The exes were married for less than a year when Singleton filed for divorce, and have a daughter, Hadar, 19, together.

Busia said Singleton claimed she didn’t have a leg to stand on with her money demands, because his movies “Shaft,” “Woo” and “Rosewood” were released after they split. But Busia said that doesn’t matter, because he got paid for his work on those films when they were together.

And it’s not the first time the one time couple has been in court over money. Busia sued Singleton last year because she said he stiffed her on tuition for their daughter’s pricey private school. But Singleton said he wasn’t making nearly as much money as he once did, and successfully lobbied the judge to lower his child support to $2,100 a month.

Busia has said in court papers that she believed Singleton divorced her so that she couldn’t stake a claim to his profits from “Shaft.”

We’ve reached out to Busia’s lawyer for comment.



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