An ugly custody battle is brewing between Nipsey Hussle’s family and the late rapper’s ex, Tanisha Foster, concerning their 13-year-old daughter Emani.
In court documents acquired by RadarOnline.com, Nipsey’s mother, Angelique, sister Samantha, and brother Sam are asking the judge to reject Tanisha’s plea.
After Nipsey’s passing in 2019, his family petitioned the court for Emani’s guardianship. They argued that Tanisha was unfit to be a parent and that they would be better capable of raising her.
Tanisha initially resisted giving up custody at the time, but she eventually consented to the agreement. She returned to court earlier this year, requesting the termination of the guardianship.
As a result of her “financial limitations,” Tanisha agreed to the guardianship in 2019. According to court documents, the family promised to act in Emani’s best interest.
She claimed that after they agreed, the family began abusing their “financial position and influence to disregard their priorities by controlling the desires of Emani and Tanisha by withholding financial assistance and reducing visitation.”
Tanisha declared, “I have continued to be active in Emani’s life. She spends the night with me often, I take her to school, and I continue to do the things a parent would do with their child. I am very unhappy that the guardians will not take my calls. They have blocked me on their cell phones. I have to go through a third party or Emani to communicate with the guardians.”
She added, “There are no circumstances or events in my life that would disqualify me from regaining my exclusive role as Emani’s parent. There is no longer any need for guardianship. Emani routinely asks me when are she and I going to be able to live together. She longs to be with me as her mother. I am begging the court to terminate the existing guardianship.”
Nipsey’s family has already turned down Tanisha’s plea in a court filing. They point out that she acknowledged having problems with alcohol and drug abuse in 2019.
The late rapper’s sister Samantha and a Children’s Social Worker named Rosa confirmed this admission, which appeared in a Probate Investigator’s Report.
As a result of alleged alcohol issues, being unemployed, and lacking stable housing, the investigator recommended Tanisha not be appointed.
It was also said that Tanisha was homeless at one point and refused to identify her boyfriend or other individuals she lived with at the time, according to the filing.
Additionally, in May 2019, Tanisha allegedly showed up at Emani’s school under the influence.
Sam testified that an investigation by the Department of Children and Family Services resulted in Tanisha losing her children after she had allegedly assaulted another individual in front of Emani and other children.
According to Sam, Tanisha often lived in homes where strangers were present and engaged in harmful behavior.
He also pointed out that Nipsey purchased 4 to 5 cars for Tanisha, but she had either crashed or totaled, “which may have included her driving under the influence.”
“Obviously, the behavior summarized herein endangered Emani’s well-being, but such behavior also makes Ms. Foster wholly unfit to act as guardian of the estate and be able to manage Emani’s inheritance expected to exceed two million dollars ($2,000,000),” the filing notes.
It is expected that the parties will face off in court early next year over Tanisha’s history of substance abuse and DCFS involvement.