Mischa Barton Sues Her Mother For Stealing Money
Mischa Barton has sued her mother, accusing her of stealing money that Barton earned throughout her career and making endorsement deals that damaged her reputation.
This is going to make things awkward at the next family gathering.
The lawsuit filed Tuesday in Los Angeles also accuses Nuala Barton of kicking the former star of The O.C. out of a multimillion-dollar Beverly Hills home that was purchased with money earned while Mischa was a child actress.
Nuala Barton served as her daughter’s manager throughout her career. The lawsuit accuses Nuala Barton of bullying her daughter, and states she has been fired from her management role.
“While Barton was busy perfecting her craft and turning her acting dreams into reality, her mother, defendant Nuala Barton, was secretly scheming to exploit Barton’s bourgeoning career for her benefit,” the lawsuit states.
Barton’s mother bought a $7.8 million home in Beverly Hills in 2006 using her daughter’s earnings and gave herself an ownership interest in the property, the lawsuit states. Mischa Barton is no longer allowed at the home, according to the lawsuit.
The actress encountered a rough period after her role ended on The O.C. when she was killed off the show.
She was arrested in late 2007 on suspicion of drunken driving and later pleaded no contest to driving under the influence and driving without a valid license. She was sentenced to three years of probation and alcohol treatment and completed the case without incident.
Mischa Barton was removed from her home by Los Angeles police in 2009 and was hospitalized for two weeks, but officers and her publicist declined to say why.