Sometimes real life is better than TV, well for innocent bystanders anyway, maybe not so much for Gossip Girl‘s Leighton Meester. It appears that Blair Waldorf is suing her real-life mother, Constance, for misappropriating funds that Leighton provides monthly to care for her handicapped brother Alexander.
The 25-year-old actress pleaded with her younger brother to move to New York to be close to her, but he decided he’d rather stay with his mother. In the time since, Meester claims that her mother has been using the $7,500 a month she sends for Alexander’s care on herself, including getting cosmetic work done.
Mama Meester isn’t going down without a fight, she’s counter-suing. Now she wants $10,000 a month, or $3 million dollars.
Mom, Constance’s legal counsel told PEOPLE magazine, “Since Alexander receives 24 hour care from Constance, no alternative source of income is possible. As a direct result of Leighton’s breach, there are no funds to feed and care for Alexander.”
Mom is even claiming that Leighton is physically abusive to her; the lawsuit says “Leighton intentionally assaulted Constance by throwing her to the ground and repeatedly hitting her with a bottle.”
Constance has always had a bit of trouble with the legal system, when she gave birth to Leighton, she was actually serving a federal prison sentence for her involvement in a drug smuggling ring.
Needless to say, Leighton doesn’t have the best relationship with mommy dearest, a source close to her told PEOPLE “This whole thing’s been really tough on Leighton. Her only concern has always been taking care of her brother. Leighton’s really close with her brother and her dad – her parents are divorced. Leighton’s a sweet girl – she cares about work.”