“The OC” actress Mischa Barton became the latest Hollywood star to sue their parents for squandering their career earnings. She also accused her mother, Nuala Barton, of damaging her reputation with questionable endorsement contracts.
“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 burgeoning career for her benefit,” the charge sheet stated.
A report from the Sky News said the elder Barton has not fully disclosed royalties to her daughter and lied about the 29-year-old actress’ talent fee for a 2013 movie so she could squander the amount.
The complaint also said Nuala Barton, who stood as her daughter’s manager, signed an endorsement without her permission and also shortchanged the actress-model of the payment she received from the promotion of a handbag line in London.
“Nuala did not compensate Barton for the use of her name, image and likeness, nor did she share in any of the profits from these ventures with Barton,” the lawsuit alleged. “This is all despite the fact that the businesses were built solely on Barton’s fame and popularity,”
The mother has not yet responded to the claim.
Mischa Barton is just one among stars involved in a legal battle with their parents over mismanaged earnings. The long list of similar cases include Macaulay Culkin, Ariel Winter, Leann Rimes, Gary Coleman and Jackie Cogan. (Click here to read more)