John Singleton’s mother is reportedly seeking legal authority to “restore order” and make decisions regarding her son’s estate and personal property after some of his belongings were allegedly taken from his home.
According to multiple reports, Sheila Ward filed an emergency petition to gain control of Singleton’s estate until everything can get sorted out. Ward first attempted to become executor in April, days after the late director suffered a stroke and was subsequently hospitalized before being taken off of life support.
Ward purportedly contends that Singleton’s property was locked in his home office and that the “third party” who took the items had a key to his home, TMZ reports. Ward believes that Singleton’s valuables are at risk, and wants to be named a special administrator of the estate until the courts make a final decision over who should be in control. She claims that his belongings were “distributed without authorization,” per The Blast.
Ward was reported as Singleton’s business manager prior to his death. She and Singleton’s daughter, Cleopatra, are at odds over his estate. After Singleton suffered what was described as a “massive” stroke, Cleopatra refuted her grandmother’s claims about the severity of his condition. In her filing, Cleopatra claimed that Singleton was on the mend and expected to be released from the hospital. He died on April 28.
The Boyz ‘n the Hood director created a will in the early ’90s before the births of his other children. Singleton’s eldest daughter, Justice, is set to inherit his estate, which is valued at over $3.5 million.