Mischa Barton claims she was 'drugged' before hospitalisation
Mischa Barton has claimed she was drugged while celebrating her 31st birthday with friends.
The former OC star was hospitalised for a reported mental evaluation after a bizarre incident at her home in West Hollywood on Thursday morning.
Following her release from hospital, the actress said that someone slipped her the date rape drug GHB while she was drinking and that is why she was acting bizarrely.
“On the evening of the 25th, I went out with a group of friends to celebrate my birthday. While having drinks, I realized that something was not right as my behavior was becoming erratic and continued to intensify over the next several hours,” Barton said in a statement to People magazine.
“I voluntarily went to get professional help, and I was informed by their staff that I had been given GHB. After an overnight stay, I am home and doing well.”
Mischa also used her statement to alert others to the issue, saying "this is a lesson to all young women out there, be aware of your surroundings.”
Police officers were called to her house after neighbours reported her odd behaviour, claiming she was hanging over her backyard fence and ranting about her mother being a witch.
Police sources tell the news outlet Mischa was voluntarily transported to a nearby hospital for a mental evaluation.
The actress' mental health has caused concern in the past - following her exit from teen drama The O.C. in 2006, she hit headlines for a 2007 DUI arrest, a stint in rehab, and an emotional breakdown in 2009.
In 2013, she reflected on her recovery from her "full on breakdown", crediting her "jet-set lifestyle" which attracted the wrong kind of crowd.
"It was terrifying," she added. "Straight out of Girl, Interrupted. Story of my life."
"There were a lot of enablers around, people to fly you around and make it all possible," she told People.