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Mischa Barton’s rising star fell rather quickly and dramatically following her exit from the hit teen drama The O.C. but in that time the actress raked in quite a bit of money, money that she now claims her mother, Nuala Barton, has stolen from her.
The 29-year old actress filed the lawsuit on Tuesday April 7 in Los Angeles Superior Court in which she is suing Nuala for breach of oral contract, fraudulent misrepresentation and also claims she is no longer welcome at the $7.8 million home she bought for her parents with her early career earnings.
“The action arises from the tragic tale of a greedy stage mother posing as a talent manager who, instead of acting in the best interest of her daughter/client, schemed to defraud an unsuspecting victim,” Mischa’s lawyer Alex Weingarten said in a statement.
“From the outset, Nuala positioned herself to siphon her daughter’s hard-earned money by purportedly acting as her talent manager – a role for which Nuala had absolutely no experience or training.”
The complaint went on to state that neither of Barton’s parents have had a job independent of their daughter in over a decade, and while her parents were living off her earnings, Mischa’s own home was in foreclosure last year after she owed $100,000 in mortgage payments.
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