Scarlett Johansson's mother has been dealing with financial problems, all because her star daughter dumped her as manager.
After years of living the high life, the mum is in financial decline after the 26-year-old actress replaced her mother with a professional manager two years ago.
"Once I got married, I felt that I needed to cut the cord," Fox News quoted Johansson as telling Vanity Fair.
Because of that cut, the 'We Bought a Zoo' star's mother, Melanie Sloan, cannot afford to buy the New York apartment she'd agreed to purchase.
According to the New York Post, Sloan signed a contract to purchase a 1.4-million-dollar two-bedroom in Midtown Manhattan in October.
Now, Johansson's mother is demanding the return of her 130,000-dollar deposit, claiming that she is cash-poor and cannot obtain a mortgage.
Last fall, Sloan presented the sellers of the 1,228 sq. ft. apartment with a sunny financial portfolio, based on her association with her famous offspring, insisting that 2011 was one of her "best years yet in the entertainment industry."
In reality, when Sloan lost Johansson as a client, she lost most of her business. The only income she had coming in was 25,000 dollars from a deal with Moet she signed for her daughter-not nearly enough to keep up payments on the pricey apartment.
"We don't understand how she went from being rich to poor in two weeks," a lawyer for the sellers Adam Leitman Bailey said. "She acted in bad faith, and therefore our clients have the legal right to keep her down payment," Bailey added.