We previously reported that Nipsey Hussle’s sister, Samantha Smith, recently filed court documents to fast track temporary guardianship of the rapper’s 10-year-old daughter, Emani, that he shares with a woman named Tanisha. A judge denied the request, citing that there was no “urgency demonstrated for granting” the guardianship before the hearing on May 14. It’s alleged that Smith doesn’t believe Tanisha is able to offer a stable home environment for Emani, especially as the sole parent now that Nipsey has passed away.
Ahead of the court date, Nipsey’s brother Samiel Asghedom, also known as Blacc Sam, has submitted documents in support of his sister gaining guardianship of Emani. According to The Blast, much of the paperwork is heavily redacted, but the family hopes Sam’s assistance will cause the judge to lean in their favor.
Smith’s initial documents for guardianship stated that she has “always been a presence in Emani’s life and along with the rest of Emani’s paternal family has assisted in her care.” She also stated that she wanted the legal rights to make decisions for the 10-year-old and she’d like “to ensure that she can continue to live with family members with whom she has always had close ties.” Tanisha has not publicly responded to the requests for guardianship.