Chris Rock, Wife Involved In Bizarre Custody Investigation Over South African Girl

Entertainment | 11/24/2015 | 10:00 AM EST

The case concerning the 7-year-old girl has launched an international investigation

Chris Rock's divorce with wife Malaak Compton-Rock just took a bizarre turn with an international investigation into a 7-year-old South African girl who lived with the couple.

From TMZ:

"It's a bizarre story ... and one that triggered an international investigation. Here's what we know. Back in 2008, a 6-month-old named Ntombi from South Africa began living with the Rock family. The girl stayed in the family house ever since. Ntombi was even enrolled in a New Jersey school.

Ntombi's biological parents reportedly were unemployed South Africans and somehow the kid ended up at the Rock home.

Everything changed last year when Chris and Malaak began divorce proceedings. We're told Chris maintained his relationship with his 2 biological daughters but hasn't seen Ntombi since the split.

Around the same time as divorce docs were filed, South African officials opened an investigation to determine how the child went from their country to the U.S., when there was no evidence of a legal adoption.

As for why he went radio silent with Ntombi ... sources connected to Chris say he never signed legal docs to adopt her, and bringing her over to the U.S. was all Malaak's doing."

A rep for Chris says the star does not have an adopted child. Authorities are said to be looking into how and why the girl's biological parents allowed her to live with the Rock family in America.

Chris filed for divorce in December 2014 and is asking for shared legal and physical custody of the couple's two biological children.


(Photos from left: Robin Marchant/Getty Images, Cindy Ord/Getty Images for The Headstrong Project)

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