AP Photo/Jonathan Short
AP Photo/Jonathan Short
Well, that's one way to put the fun in dysfunctional.
Leighton Meester's mom gave us all reason to count her out of the running for this year's Mother of the Year honors this week—the Gossip Girl star has filed suit against her mommy dearest for allegedly using the $7,500 a month Leighton sent to cover her younger brother's severe medical issues on (wait for it) Botox, plastic surgery and hair extensions for herself.
Now that's class.
According to the suit, Leighton's mother allegedly refuses to work, so Leighton has generously been sending $7,500 a month home in order to provide for the medical assistant needed by her younger brother, Lex.
However, Leighton claims that instead of paying for Lex's much-needed medical care, mama Constance took the money for her own frivolous use, funding her cosmetic procedures and other personal expenses.
In the documents, Leighton's attorneys state that the actress has "endured a difficult relationship with her mother."
"Constance refuses to work. Instead, Constance expects her daughter to support her financially."
As if that weren't enough, Leighton also alleges in the suit that Constance—who, lest we forget, infamously gave birth to her actress daughter while in federal prison for her part in a drug smuggling ring—tried to wrangle her daughter into an oral contract in which Leighton would send her $10,000 a month for life.
Leighton wasn't biting, and Constance allegedly threatened her daughter with a $3 million lawsuit.
"Leighton recently discovered that Constance has been using the money for her own personal benefit," the suit states, going on to note that those personal benefits include "plastic surgery on her face and stomach, Botox injections for her face, fillers for her hands and hair extensions."
Upon learning this, Leighton cut off payments to her mother entirely, thus the threat.
The documents state that Leighton's mother has since "concocted a ridiculous claim that in March 2009, she and Constance entered into an oral agreement whereby Leighton purportedly agreed to pay Constance $10,000 per month for the rest of Constance's life."
Meester is now seeking to have a judge declare that there was never any such contract with her mother. Nor is there likely going to be any love lost between this duo.
"Leighton never agreed to pay Constance any amount of money, let alone financially support Constance for the rest of her life."
As it happens, this isn't the first time the 54-year-old has fallen foul of the law. In addition to her distant criminal past, it was just this year that she had a temporary restraining order filed against her by a woman whose son attends school with Lex. The woman claimed that Meester had threatened to "hunt down and kill" both her and her son.