Being one of the biggest stars to come out of the noughties isn’t such a bad thing. Just one look at Mischa Barton’s Instagram account is proof. Strolls along the beach, seductive poses while holidaying around Europe… it’s what celebrity dreams are made of.
Except for one little thing: Mischa was supposed to be filming a movie at the same time she was travelling around Europe.
I still can’t get enough of Rome ! Spanish steps yesterday w Alan pic.twitter.com/WhGWBhrFUp
— Mischa Barton (@MischaBarton) March 16, 2014
As a result, a judge has ordered the 30-year-old actress pay US$200,000 to writer Daniel Lief after she scored the lead role in his movie and then failed to show up to the set.
Producers of the film, Promoted, sued Barton when they spotted her travelling on social media when she was supposed to be on set. (Everybody knows the number one rule of skipping school or work is that you don’t skip and post, Mischa.)
A photo posted by Mischa Barton (@mischamazing) on Jul 12, 2016 at 2:38pm PDT
Lief claims that after he was forced to recast the lead role, and delay production, he was out of pocket more than US$300,000.
The money woes are just the latest in a string of not-so-great things that have happened to the former ‘It Girl’ so far in 2016. She recently received criticism after she posted a photo of herself topless on a yacht, accompanied by a caption intended to pay tribute to Alton Sterling, who was shot dead by police in Louisiana.
— Andrew Marin (@ndrewmarin) July 7, 2016
The post – which many slammed as inappropriate and out of touch – was quickly deleted, and Mischa wrote an apology to her fans for causing any offence.
I’m human I’m not perfect and I’m sorry if my Instagram post went out of context I didn’t mean to offend anyone
— Mischa Barton (@MischaBarton) July 8, 2016
She also appeared on season 22 (yes, 22) of Dancing With The Stars, but was eliminated after just three weeks on the dance floor.
Let’s remember Mischa Barton in all of her O.C. glory: