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Actress Mischa Barton Sues Mom for Stealing Her Earnings

Mischa Barton filed a lawsuit against her mother this week that claims she stole money the actress earned from film and television, and that she also made bad endorsement deals that damaged Barton's reputation, according to Entertainment Tonight.

Barton claims her mother, Nuala, stole money to purchase a $7.8 million, 8 bedroom/11 bath home in Beverly Hills that the actress' parents reside in, according to court papers.

"Nuala currently refuses to provide Barton with any of the funds she earned (and continues to earn in the form of residual payments) for her acting, modeling and endorsement services," ET quotes from the complaint.

Nuala Barton served as her daughter's manager for much of her career. Barton was 17 when she began working on the successful teen hit "The O.C." after having already appeared in the films "Notting Hill" and "The Sixth Sense."

"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," NBC reports that the lawsuit states.

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