The actress's mother has allegedly exploited her and taken money

By Sheila Cosgrove Baylis
April 07, 2015 07:45 PM
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Mischa Barton is suing her mother, PEOPLE confirms.

The actress, 29, claims that her mother, Nuala Barton, has stolen money to buy a $7.8 million Beverly Hills home, where Mischa is not welcome to visit, according to court papers obtained by PEOPLE.

Alex Weingarten, Mischa’s lawyer, calls Nuala “a greedy stage mother” in a statement to PEOPLE.

“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,” Weingarten says.

According to the complaint, neither Nuala nor Barton’s father Paul has had a job independent of Barton in over a decade.

In addition to allegedly taking money from her over the course of her acting career, Nuala has “exploited [Mischa]’s name to start a handbag line and a fashion boutique,” a source tells PEOPLE.

Mischa is suing for damages and court costs.

The actress’s own home was in foreclosure last year. According to papers obtained by PEOPLE, she was $100,000 delinquent on her mortgage.

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