After making girls squeal playing Greg Brady on The Brady Bunch, Barry Williams is giving child stars a bad rap with reports about how he left his girlfriend and three-year-old daughter. Evicted from the home that she shared with their toddler Samantha, Elizabeth Kennedy told Inside Edition that he also neglected the little girl.
Elizabeth and Barry had been together for seven years. But after he decided to pack up and head to the Ozarks for a new career filming A Very Barry Branson in Missouri, Williams saw his daughter only eight hours total in 2014, according to Elizabeth.
Despite that, added Elizabeth, their tiny daughter adores her daddy.
“She lights up whenever she sees him on TV,” said Kennedy.
In addition to having financial problems, Elizabeth accuses Barry of abandoning them to the point that they were homeless.
“He allowed us to be evicted two weeks before Christmas,” she added.
Meanwhile, Williams is contending that the pregnancy was deliberate on Elizabeth’s part when he declined to marry her.
“[Her allegations are] the rants of a scorned woman,” he said in court papers. “[She is] nothing more than a sexual companion.”
As for whether Barry can afford to pay for a home for his ex-girlfriend and their child, as well as frequent visits, court documents indicate that his shared trust fund contains more than $11 million.
“He should be ashamed of himself,” concluded Kennedy.
And Williams isn’t the only child star to flicker out. David Cassidy has filed for bankruptcy, according to the New York Daily News.
The Partridge Family teen idol cited debt and assets of as much as ten million dollars.
“I am going through bankruptcy proceedings at the moment. This is necessary for practical reasons to reorganize my life as I go through divorce and to restructure my finances,” Cassidy said bluntly.
Prior to that filing, Cassidy had three DUI arrests. He subsequently received a three-months sentence in rehab.
So is it inevitable for child stars to go through some tough times? That’s a question that some are already asking about the little girl known as Honey Boo Boo, as the Inquisitr reported.
Alana Thompson first became a breakout star on Toddlers & Tiaras, where Mama June dressed her in ruffles and lace, and plastered on the make-up while giving her a mixture of Red Bull and Mountain Dew for energy. The duo were so popular that TLC gave them their own show, Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.
But when the show was cancelled, Alana began to gain a significant amount of weight, so much so that The Doctors medical show staged a health intervention. She is scheduled to return to that show to determine whether her mother can make the changes in the family needed to reverse the child’s obesity.
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