No one saw this coming — Uma Thurman’s ex-fiancé has sued the actress for full custody of their daughter, leaving Thurman to fight to keep her family together.
Arpad Busson, a French financier who was engaged to Thurman until they called it off last April, filed a suit in Manhattan for full custody of their 2-year-old daughter, Rosalind. Though Thurman has two other children from a previous marriage, Rosalind is her only child with Busson.
Thurman, known for her role in Pulp Fiction, started dating Busson in 2007, two years after divorcing actor, Ethan Hawke. Hawke has since remarried and has two children of his own. Thurman and Busson broke up and got back together once before ending their engagement.
Busson, whose business is based in London, filed the papers with the New York Supreme Court, according to the New York Daily News. Few details about the case have been revealed so far — E! News reports that Busson filed an emergency order and that his attorney declined to comment on the case.
Custody battles typically go to matrimonial court and records for those cases are generally sealed, keeping the general public — and the media — from learning any details while the cases are proceeding. The New York Daily News says Thurman’s case has been assigned to Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Matthew Cooper, who works full-time on divorce, custody and child support cases.
Thurman has custody of her children from her previous marriage, 16-year-old Maya and 12-year-old Levon.
Rosalind, who is nicknamed Luna, was born in July 2012. Since Thurman and Busson split, Busson has started dating actress Kristin Scott Thomas, who starred in The English Patient.
Whatever the outcome of this custody battle, we wish Uma Thurman, Arpad Busson and all the rest of their family the best as they work through what must be a very difficult time.