Friday 28 April 2017

Mischa Barton claims she was 'drugged' before hospitalisation

Mischa Barton visits the Avakian Suite during The 69th Cannes Film Festival on May 15, 2016 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for Avakian)
Mischa Barton visits the Avakian Suite during The 69th Cannes Film Festival on May 15, 2016 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for Avakian)
Mischa Barton
Mischa Barton attends the Chiara Boni La Petite Robe fashion show during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at The Dock, Skylight at Moynihan Station on September 13, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for New York Fashion Week: The Shows)
Rachel Bilson, Adam Brody, Mischa Barton, and Benjamin McKenzie arrive at The 2003 Teen Choice Awards held at Universal Amphitheater on August 2, 2003 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown)

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.

Mischa Barton attends the Chiara Boni La Petite Robe fashion show during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at The Dock, Skylight at Moynihan Station on September 13, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for New York Fashion Week: The Shows)
Mischa Barton attends the Chiara Boni La Petite Robe fashion show during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at The Dock, Skylight at Moynihan Station on September 13, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for New York Fashion Week: The Shows)

“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.

Rachel Bilson, Adam Brody, Mischa Barton, and Benjamin McKenzie arrive at The 2003 Teen Choice Awards held at Universal Amphitheater on August 2, 2003 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown)
Rachel Bilson, Adam Brody, Mischa Barton, and Benjamin McKenzie arrive at The 2003 Teen Choice Awards held at Universal Amphitheater on August 2, 2003 in Universal City, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown)

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.

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