Former star of the hit CW series The OC, Mischa Barton , is suing her mother on claims that she took advantage of the actress while acting as her manager.
Barton, who was only 17 when she began working on The OC, having already appeared in multiple films including Notting Hill, filed the lawsuit in Los Angeles court on Tuesday.
Among many other accusations the lawsuit claims that Barton’s mother, Nuala Barton, forced her daughter out of a multi-million dollar home purchased with money the actress earned while still a minor.
After Barton’s stint on The OC the actress tried to make the transition to movie acting, appearing in several small roles. These days Barton, now 29, spends her days immersed in the world of high fashion. She has appeared in shows for top designers around the world and even helped to design her own line of fashion accessories.
The actress ran into trouble with the law in 2007 when she was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving and later pleaded no contest to the charge. In 2009 Barton was removed from her Los Angeles home by police, though no details have ever been released as to why.
Nuala Barton has not commented publicly on the lawsuit as of yet which includes the accusations that she entered into endorsement deals without her daughters permission and withheld royalties by lying about the amount the actress made on the 2013 film The Hoarder and keeping the difference on top of her management fee.
According to a report from The Hollywood Reporter, the complaint, filed in the Los Angeles Superior Court, reads like a teen melodrama: “This 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 her unsuspecting victim.”