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'High School Musical' Star

My Divorcing Parents

Stole THOUSANDS from Me

1/27/2013 6:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0125_chris_warren_jrAs if his famous mom's divorce wasn't bad enough -- "High School Musical" star Chris Warren has now filed a lawsuit against BOTH his parents, accusing the pair of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars of his child acting money.

Warren filed the lawsuit against "Passions" actress Brook Kerr and Christopher Warren Sr., claiming they established a trust for him back in 2001 for all the money he made as a minor -- and have been secretly dipping into the kitty ... big time.

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According to the lawsuit, Chris paid into the account for years, but when he decided to make a withdrawal back in 2011 -- as a 21-year-old -- his parents refused to grant him access.

When pressed, Chris claims his parents admitted they had blown through hundreds of thousands of dollars of his money on their own personal expenses ... but refused to say how much was left in the account.

Chris is now suing his parents for all the money back ... even though he's still not sure exactly how much they took.

Reminder: Chris' parents are currently embroiled in a nasty divorce.

Neither parent has responded to Chris' lawsuit.

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31.

Vivian    

Ok...just to reiterate. 15% goes into a LOCKED trust that is called a Coogan account. The parent has no choice but must set it up and the only person who can touch it is a judge or the actor when they turn 18. You can't NOT (I know it's a double negative) set one up. The funds are removed before you get your check and directly deposited into the account. Now, there are numerous other expenses that must be paid with the balance. Here are some mandatory expenses...15% manager, 10/15% agent, lawyers fees, publicist fees, TAXES, travel, security, hotels, etc.., Now, on top of all that keep in mind that once a child reaches his level of success he must live near the studio he's working at. Most parents starting in the business are forced to move closer to Hollywood in order for him to show up to work every day. If there are other kids in the household then that means extra child care needs since the parent can't be two places at once (on the set and caring for other children). I'm not trying to defend the parents. But, there's more to this story than meets the eye. Sound to me like he allowed his parents to be his accountant AFTER he turned 18 and had full access to his funds. Just a bunch. Most kids in the business don't realize the BUSINESS end that must continue to be taken card of once you turn 18. Now, add a business manager and accountant to the equation and you basically have maybe 5% left...do the math. He needs a forensic accountant as well as a family counselor now.

445 days ago
32.

shagamu    

Poor creme brulee guy...

445 days ago
33.

CriticXtreme    

It's amazing that many of these brothers in Hollyweird have these huge elongated heads. When you lose the [mist] in Hollyweird and financially females are out.

445 days ago
34.

WatcherOne    

Just as a resource, he should contact Paul Peterson's organization, "A Minor Consideration".

445 days ago
35.

DeeMaree    

This sucks and happens to often.

445 days ago
36.

Ben    

Just another example of ignorance and black on black crime.......parents stealing from a child.
Who's even suprised? Self entitled no talent
people...ugh. Karma......it gets you everytime...LOL
Who really cares? Is this news worthy on TMZ?
NEXT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

445 days ago
37.

dominique davis    

wat kind of people take their child`s earnings from him and he worked so hard. omg bad parents need a hard spanking with a belt woopow owsays the parent

445 days ago
38.

Tony626    

Everyone saying"they provide for you, so who cares" is an ignorant, nanny state liberal. The PARENT provides for the child. They stole his lawfully earned pay, and didnt even bother justification. Blatant theft....from family ...liberal, New America morals at work....

445 days ago
39.

Diamond Goddess!    

Well, Godspped to you, son.
A LOT of people have lousy parents.
Just finish getting away from them and move on.

445 days ago
40.

Spicy mag    

Modern slavery. They should make action figures of his family, ban them and then sell them on eBay for thousands.

445 days ago
41.

Craziapple    

At least he is standing up for himself!

445 days ago
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