Cleopatra Singleton, the 21-year-old daughter of the late filmmaker, John Singleton, will receive a monthly allowance of nearly $3,000 from her dad’s estate.
Cleopatra petitioned the court in September for the allowance, as well as money to pay for a semester abroad, according to TMZ. She told the court that her dad had covered her bills and that she continues to need financial support. This week, the court granted her wish.
A judge signed off on Cleopatra receiving a payment of $2,778 per month and a one-time payment of $4,150 for the study abroad program.
John Singleton’s estate is reportedly worth more than $35 million, according to TMZ. On top of this, Singleton’s film company, New Deal Productions, recently took in another $515,472 from Sony Pictures for his 2001 year movie, Baby Boy. TMZ reports that John had asked Sony to perform an audit on the money it grossed from the film. Sony and John reached the settlement amount prior to his death.
But Singleton’s estate money would need to be divided among his five confirmed children and two minor children believed to also be his.
John died in April of a massive stroke, listed on his death certificate as acute ischemic stroke, intracerebral hemorrhage, and hypertension. Singleton checked himself into Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in LA, shortly after he came home from a trip to Costa Rica when he started having pain in his legs. While a patient at the hospital, he suffered a massive stroke and went into a coma. He never came out of it.
The court named his mother, Sheila, administrator of his estate. This created some friction with Cleopatra. Since that time, the two appear to be on better ground.
Singleton died with an old will from 1993 in place, according to Forbes. Since he reportedly didn’t have a trust, his estate will likely go through a lengthy probate court process.