Crime Mischa Barton Sues Her Mom for Stealing Money The actress's mother has allegedly exploited her and taken money By Sheila Cosgrove Baylis Sheila Cosgrove Baylis Sheila Baylis is an Editor for PEOPLE's Health vertical; she contributes to print features and directs the digital Health team on stories ranging from the COVID-19 pandemic to body image and women's health. She has a Master's Degree in Gender Studies. People Editorial Guidelines Published on April 7, 2015 07:45 PM Share Tweet Pin Email Photo: Gisela Schober/Getty 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.