A judge denied — at least for now — a petition by the mother of the 9-year-old daughter of the late film director John Singleton to be appointed to represent the child’s interests as the estate is probated.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Deborah Christian ruled in a Christmas Eve decision that there was no urgency basis for naming Canadian model Mitzi Andrews as the girl’s guardian ad litem. The ruling does not bar Andrews from bringing the motion later on a non-emergency basis.
In her court papers, Andrews maintains that she had raised the girl from birth and is the most suitable candidate to serve as her daughter’s guardian ad litem. Andrews makes all health, welfare, financial and educational decisions regarding her daughter and has “educated herself” and the girl regarding the nature of the estate proceedings, her court papers state.
Because of her age, the girl relies on the advice of her mother, who unlike her daughter is not a beneficiary of the estate and would in no way make decisions that would adversely impact her daughter’s interests, Andrews’ court papers state. The girl turns 10 years old Jan. 6.
Singleton died April 29 at age 51 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. He had gone to the hospital complaining of leg pain and suffered a massive stroke on April 17. His family said they removed him from life support 12 days later.
Singleton was nominated for two Academy Awards for writing and directing 1991’s “Boyz N’ the Hood.” His other films include “Poetic Justice,” “Higher Learning,” “Shaft” and “2 Fast 2 Furious.”
He was also the creator and executive producer of the FX drama series “Snowfall.”
Singleton was a father of seven children. He was briefly married to Ghanian actress Akosua Gyamama Busia from 1996 until 1997. They had a daughter, Hadar, two months before they divorced.
Singleton also had a daughter, Justice, and son, Massai, with former partner Tosha Lewis, in addition to daughters Cleopatra and the 9-year-old with Andrews.
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