Uma Thurman’s ex Arpad Busson filed emergency custody order for their daughter


A few years ago, Uma Thurman gave birth to Rosalind Arusha Arkadina Altalune Florence Busson, with her then-partner Arpad Busson. Uma always said that they would call the little girl “Luna” although in some media reports, the girl is referred to as “Rosalind.” Just FYI. Uma and Arpad’s relationship was always pretty passionate and very much on-and-off. Before Uma got knocked up, they had done the on-and-off thing for years, and they managed to stay together through Uma’s pregnancy and for a short time after she gave birth. But then they split again, seemingly for good. I always assumed that Luna stayed with her mom but that Arpad spent time with the little girl when he could, seeing as how he’s an international man of mystery with homes all over the world, etc. But now something sketchy has happened. Arpad has filed an emergency custody order for Luna/Rosalind.

Uma Thurman’s ex-fiancé Arpad Busson has just sued the actress for custody of their 2-year-old daughter, Rosalind. Multiple outlets report that the French financier filed an emergency order in New York Supreme Court earlier today, however the papers are sealed.

Specifics regarding his filing are unknown currently, and his attorney declined to comment to E! News on the matter.

“It is unfortunate that this very private discussion regarding Mr. Busson’s visitation rights and his participation in decision making has been made public,” a spokesperson for Thurman tells E! News in a statement. “However, we are optimistic that a fair agreement for both sides will be reached out of court.”

The Pulp Fiction star dated Busson on and off since 2007, but the two ended their engagement in April of this year. Thurman and Busson welcomed their baby girl, Rosalind Arusha Arkadina Altalune Florence Thurman-Busson (Luna for short) back in July 2012.

During an interview with Jimmy Fallon, the Kill Bill actress credited her elder daughter for coming up with the lengthy, unique name.

“[Maya] came up with the best excuse, [which] was that I probably wouldn’t get to have any more children, so I just put every name I liked into [Luna’s],” she explained on the late-night talk show. “We couldn’t quite agree on the name. We call her Luna, so she’s lucky that way. And then the rest, she can name all her own children all these interesting names. Proud, Catholic, observant!”

[From E! News]

Considering Uma and Arpad were never married and they had no legal obligation to each other, my guess is that they never formalized any kind of custody agreement for Luna/Rosalind. As such, Uma was able to control when and how Arpad spent time with his daughter. And that probably pissed him off. So, this could just be a power play to force Uma into a more formal custody agreement. Or it could be something more dastardly. My radar is pinging. We’ll see.



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  1. Ag says:

    i hope it’s nothing $hitty, like uma’s alleged coke abuse rearing its ugly head and her having become an unfit parent due to it. ugh.

  2. Really says:

    I think I read a blind item, probably by Lainey about Uma and that pregnancy. At least it was pointing towards Uma. It said something about her being on drugs and then giving it up because of the baby. Maybe she’s back on it.

    • homegrrl says:

      It’s really crappy to speculate about a mother being on drugs unless one knows unequivocally. It sounds more like a controlling move because she didn’t want to marry him.

  3. TorontoE says:

    I think Lainey did a blind about a surprise pregnancy and what went on before it was discovered and the possible damage to the fetus. It was rumoured to be about Uma. Maybe that’s the pinging you hear?

  4. Abbott says:

    I really, really hope not, but wouldn’t be surprised if Lainey’s BI from a few years back has something to do with this.

  5. AnotherView says:

    This guy’s a douche. He stuffed Elle Macpherson around for years and years … engaged; engagement off; engaged again … before taking up with Uma and getting engaged … then splitting … there’s definitely something ‘off’ about HIM.

  6. CTgirl says:

    I hope that however this plays out that the result is truly in the best interests of the child.

  7. Wren33 says:

    The statement for her publicist makes it seem more like he is not getting as much visitation as he likes, rather than something safety related, but who knows.

  8. Mia V. says:

    He should watch “Kill Bill” before pissing Uma.

  9. QQ says:

    When hands off Rich Dad of the year is trying to actively take your kid away….sheesh Uma!!

  10. Artemis says:

    She’s raising two other children and considering Hawke is a big douche who admitted cheating on her, he would say anything to make her look as bad as he did. Clearly the father of her two other children has got nothing on her so I doubt Busson has. After that many years of no real dirt re: parenting, I think she’s a responsible parent.

    • magpie says:

      Yeah, I think we should give Uma the benefit of the doubt before believing a 2 year old Lainey blind. Hawke never mentioned her being an unfit mother.

      • Steph says:

        I agree. This guy likely leaked this himself and has spin doctors galore. Much of this is likely optics and if he frames the issue from the start, maybe he thinks it’ll get him leverage.

      • deehunny says:

        Also, I think it’s very unlikely they did not already have a custody agreement in place. Many couples do, even if they are not married, and with their money, I’d be surprised at the stupidity of their lawyers if they didn’t have at least a Parenting Plan in place.

        Custody agreements are used as a, “if we can’t agree, this is what stands…” but if both parents agree, then Dad (or Mom) can see the child whenever they want to.

        Emergency petition has to state the child is in imminent harm or danger, so he’s claiming something is happening!!!

  11. Cupcake says:

    She didn’t give birth to her a “few” years ago – she’s only 2. She’s just a toddler.

  12. kibbles says:

    Someone commented elsewhere that it is cheaper to have custody than to pay child support for someone like Busson who is a multi-millionaire. There may be some truth in that. He doesn’t want to pay child support to Uma so he’d rather have primary custody even though a nanny will raise the child anyway. Or his decision might be due to sour grapes from problems in their relationship. This guy seems like a jerk but he clearly continues to be able to get with beautiful women because of his bank account.

    • LAK says:

      His attraction isn’t simply money. He is connected beyond belief. His family is one of those old Euro families that are widely connected. It’s about a level of access that having mere cash or even being a movie star/supermodel isn’t enough.

      I actually thought Uma was a good choice for him since all his previous partners were people with obvious need to hunt for his type of ATM.

  13. Tig says:

    My guess is she’s pursuing court-ordered child support, and he wants to keep his financial info as deeply buried as he can- hence the “emergency” filing. Seriously, does anyone believe this guy wants to actively parent a 2/3 yr old girl? This scenario plays out across the USA every day, admittedly at a much lower income level!

  14. Az says:

    Didn’t he use to bang Chelsea Handler? If so, I wouldn’t let him raise a guppy, much less a child.

  15. Bridget says:

    Sounds like someone doesn’t want to pay child support.

  16. Leah says:

    I don’t know much about these two but if its true that he has done this before with his kids with Elle Mcpearson and Uma has no problems with her kids with Ethan Hawke. I wouldn’t be so quick to blame anything on Umas parenting skills.
    Its more likely to do with financial matters. The women are asking for court ordered child support he responds by filing a custody order.

  17. Longhorn says:

    Whats up with his Heil Hitler salute?

  18. captain hero says:

    This dude is super shady. I don’t trust him at all.

  19. PennyLane says:

    Here’s my guess: he was flying in at the last minute on his private jet and wanted to spend time with his daughter. Uma was like, “No – she has music class in the morning and in the afternoon there’s a play date. Today she’s busy, you can see her tomorrow.”

    And then because he’s a fabulously wealthy narcissist who’s used to always getting his own way, Arpad flew into a rage and ordered his attorneys to file an emergency custody order.

    Narcissistic rage can be a scary thing – when a narcissist is confronted with something that proves they are not actually at the center of the universe, their core sense of self is threatened and they feel like their world is being destroyed…therefore they are entitled to respond to even minor slights with full guns blazing.

  20. RobN says:

    I think that because she says very little, that people assume she’s cool and a great mom. Could be that she’s back into drugs, could be that she screws him out of time with the kid just because she can, could be that she jerks him around because they didn’t get married when she thought they would. Could be that he’s a jackass and this will get quickly cleared up. Nobody really knows.

    I don’t know how you even guess in a case like this.

  21. ican'tsnap says:

    Why take sides? Maybe they both kind of suck! I waited on them in NYC, she was totally coked-out, he was a demanding prick. And I had already heard stories from fellow servers of her acting like a coke fiend, so it was not a fluke.