Following the director’s death in 2019, his mother Sheila Ward was appointed to administer of her late son’s estate. The beneficiaries of the estate are Singleton’s 7 children — Justice, Selenesol, Hadar, Massai, Cleopatra, Isis, and Seven.
In July, Ward said she had handled all outstanding matters and submitted her final report to the court. She revealed the estate was worth an estimated $6.8 million and the money would be split between Singleton’s children.
A couple of weeks later, Singleton’s daughter Cleopatra and her mother Vestria Barlow opposed the final report.
Barlow filed a $15 million federal lawsuit against Ward and various studios. She claimed to have worked with Singleton on projects since 1998.
She said she was owed 7-10% of all residuals owed to Singleton for Poetic Justice, Higher Learning, Woo, Rosewood, Shaft, Baby Boy, Hustle & Flow, Black Snake Moan, and many others. She said she even worked on his hit show Snowfall.
Cleopatra and her mother demanded the court allow additional time to investigate the matter. Recently, the $15 million lawsuit was dismissed by a federal judge for being brought in the wrong venue.
Now, at the recent hearing, the court presiding over the probate case granted Ward’s petition seeking approval of her final report.
The court said Ward has permission to distribute the estate to the beneficiaries — meaning the children will be receiving around $1 million each. They will continue to receive money over time as the estate collects residuals from Singleton’s work.
The judge said the objections to the report were “untimely filed.”
As we previously reported, in her petition, Ward revealed Singleton’s assets included boxes of comic books, a massive movie memorabilia collection, a Los Angeles home, a 1999 Lexus, a 2003 Mercedes Benz, and a 2012 sailboat.