The actress sues her mother and one-time manager for stealing money earned when she starred on The O.C. Barton also alleges that her mother kicked her out of the home purchased with her money. Lawsuit:
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.
After being five months behind in mortgage payments on her Beverly Hills home leaving her over $100,000 in payments, Barton’s $8 million Beverly Hills home is in foreclosure and she will lose the estate unless she makes payment arrangements or gets current on her mortgage soon. She has been splitting her time between her London and Los Angeles properties.
I’ve learned a lot. I’m stronger now, and I’m excited for what’s ahead.
Barton appears on the cover of People to discuss going from a tv star to using drugs, partying, and her trip to the psych ward.
Almost overnight it was like this switch had been turned on. It was like this fascination switch on all of us, aimed especially at me. Suddenly, no temptation was beyond reach. We thought, Work hard, play hard. Suddenly, it was a full-on breakdown. It was terrifying. Straight out of Girl, Interrupted. Story of my life.
Barton appears on the cover of the January 2008 issue of Maxim magazine.