The battle over the iconic director John Singleton’s estate is about he get uglier. In court papers obtained by The Blast, his mother Sheila Ward claims someone stole stuff from his home after his death.
She filed for an emergency petition to be named special administrator of his estate while she and his seven children duke it out over the details.
Claiming that his “personal property is at risk,” she says his locked office “was recently breached by a third party and items were removed and distributed without authorization to a beneficiary who believed that he was protecting the assets from other beneficiaries.”
Ward adds that the unnamed party “has keys to the residence and Decedent’s boat, but refuses to turn them over to Petitioner.”
Ward ultimately says, “Given the objections to the Petition for Letters Testamentary by Cleopatra Singleton, a Special Administrator must be appointed to restore order, to secure the Decedent’s assets and to make decisions regarding his real and personal property.”
Ward is contesting the will, which was made in 1993 and has not been updated since his first daughter Justice was born. The will leaved everything to Justice. Ward and Singleton’s daughter Cleopatra have been exchanging words in court since the director was first hospitalized and they could not reach an agreement on his care.
He died at age 51 on April 28 after suffering a stroke.