She was able to give birth to Leighton in a hospital and nurse her for three months in a halfway house, before returning to prison to complete her sentence, after which Leighton's grandmother cared for her.

She has a brother, Alexander, who is eight years younger.

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Meester starred in three films in 2010, with small roles in the comedies Date Night and Going The Distance, and a larger role in the drama Country Strong, also starring Gwyneth Paltrow and Garrett Hedlund.

The Boston Globe found the best thing about the film was Meester, writing, "She's just doing Reese Witherspoon's June Carter Cash in Walk the Line with dabs of Miley Cyrus and Kellie Pickler.

In addition to acting, Meester has also ventured into music.

In 2009, she featured on Cobra Starship's "Good Girls Go Bad" which charted on the Billboard Hot 100, and released her first single "Somebody to Love" under Universal Republic.

Her mother's suit made a counterclaim alleging breach of contract and physical abuse.

Constance claimed that a verbal contract was in place where Meester had promised ,000 a month, instead of the ,500 she received.

Meester subsequently appeared in the television film The Haunting of Sorority Row, and had a role in the ensemble comedy-drama film Remember the Daze.

She also appeared in the horror-thriller film Killer Movie in 2008.

Constance accused her daughter of calling social services on her by fabricating claims, which investigators promptly dropped after an interview with Meester.