No wonder she's been keeping a low profile lately!
This sounds like an absolute MESS!
Mischa Barton hasn't been up to too much since her well-documented psychological episode back in 2010, but all of her former issues have come back to bite her in the ass in FULL FORCE…and in the form of one seriously UGLY lawsuit!
It appears that the actress owes Doctor's Choice Nursing, a private nursing company more than $95,000 in unpaid services from way back in 2009, and even though she claims she's not responsible for the bill, a judge ruled against her in a 2011 default judgment because she didn't show up for the court date!
But now, her lawyers are now in court contesting the ruling, and seem to think she is STILL not responsible for the $89,930.57 bill - and interest!
However, it's a HELLUVA lot more complicated - and SCANDALOUS - than that, folks!
Try and keep up!
According to new reports, the former O.C. starlet was having such a difficult time with substance abuse issues back in 2009 that nurses were hired to keep her sober 24/7 while she attempted to jump-start her career again with the short-lived CW series The Beautiful Life!
The owner of Doctor's Choice Nursing claims that while he knew her bill for the service was growing, the company DID NOT notify her because he was concerned the financial stress would lead her to relapse!
However, Mischa's lawyer maintains that his client never even HIRED the service to begin with, and her mother, who was responsible for their employment, should instead be expected to pay!
Everyone all caught up?
Yeah…we still don't know what to make of this, either!
Not sure how if/how this default judgment will be adjusted with all of these new details coming to light, but regardless of how it works out, we just hope that whatever issues were plaguing Mischa back then have been resolved, and the stress of all this doesn't result in her falling back into old habits!
Stay strong, gurl! You're in our thoughts!
[Image via WENN.]
Tags: doctors choice nursing, lawsuit, mischa barton, private nursing company, relapse, sad, substance abuse, the beautiful life, the cw, the o.c., unpaid bills