Mischa Barton alleges that her mother has stolen money from her and has damaged her reputation in a newly filed lawsuit.
Barton’s Co. Down-born mother Nuala, nee Quinn, used to be the actress’ ‘momager’.
The former star of The OC said Nuala has also kicked the actress out of a multi-million pound Los Angeles home that was paid for with the star’s earnings.
“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 lawsuit reads.
It also claims that Nuala was withholding royalties, lied about the 29-year-old’s earnings from a 2013 film so she could pocket the difference on top of her own 10 per cent managerial fee.
Mischa’s lawyer, Alex Weingarten, released the following statement: “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.
“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.”
Mischa Barton was born in Hammersmith to her Irish photographer mother and English photographer father Paul Marsden Barton, a foreign exchange broker from Manchester.
Her father’s work took her to New York as a five-year-old and she retains dual American and British citizenship.