Tuesday 20 February 2018

Mischa Barton reveals 'emotional abuse' she suffered after ex tried selling sex tape

Mischa Barton on the Dr Phil show
Mischa Barton on the Dr Phil show
Mischa Barton
Actress Mischa Barton (R) and her Attorney Lisa Bloom (L) hold news conference on March 15, 2017 in Woodland Hills, California. Barton and her attorney held the conference to address the legal action they are taking against a former boyfriend and a sex tape that allegedly features the actress. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/Getty Images)
Actress Mischa Barton attends the Globe Fashion Week X China Moment fashion show during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Art Beam on September 12, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Mireya Acierto/Getty Images for New York Fashion Week: The Shows)
Mischa Barton attends tThe Heart Fund Generous People Gala 2016 during the 69th Annual Cannes Film Festival on May 16, 2016 in Cannes, . (Photo by Pierre Suu/Getty Images)

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Mischa Barton has detailed the "emotional abuse" she has suffered through her ex shopping around a sex tape.

The former The O.C. actress staged a press conference earlier in March when she revealed an ex-lover had been trying to sell the sex tape, which was allegedly filmed without her consent, to various adult entertainment companies for release.

Mischa obtained restraining orders against both Jon Zacharias and Adam Shaw as she suspected one or both could be involved in the sale, and her lawyer Lisa Bloom said anyone who contributes to the publication of the explicit footage would face jail time.

The 31-year-old has now sat down for an interview with U.S. host Dr. Phil McGraw on an episode of talk show Dr. Phil, in which she revealed she was first made aware of the sex tape several months ago.

Actress Mischa Barton (R) and her Attorney Lisa Bloom (L) hold news conference on March 15, 2017 in Woodland Hills, California. Barton and her attorney held the conference to address the legal action they are taking against a former boyfriend and a sex tape that allegedly features the actress. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/Getty Images)
Actress Mischa Barton (R) and her Attorney Lisa Bloom (L) hold news conference on March 15, 2017 in Woodland Hills, California. Barton and her attorney held the conference to address the legal action they are taking against a former boyfriend and a sex tape that allegedly features the actress. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/Getty Images)

"Somebody came up to me on the street, outside of the building and said, 'there's something I need to tell you,'" she said. "I didn't believe it at first, I couldn't believe it because I loved this person and didn't think it was possible and I later learned that it was entirely possible."

She denied she was threatened about the release, labelling it "complete emotional blackmail" instead, as she was unable to control the situation.

"There's not much you can do. It's really out of your hands," she continued. "It was a crime, it is a serious crime to tape people without their knowledge like that and I had made mistake of putting myself in that situation with the person so I just removed myself from it as quickly as I could and then it just continued to be complete emotional abuse after that for the last several, several months."

The sex tape news came just weeks after Mischa was hospitalised following a bizarre incident in January, when Los Angeles police found the actress hanging over her backyard fence in West Hollywood, wearing nothing but a shirt and tie, and ranting about her estranged mother.

Actress Mischa Barton attends the Globe Fashion Week X China Moment fashion show during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Art Beam on September 12, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Mireya Acierto/Getty Images for New York Fashion Week: The Shows)
Actress Mischa Barton attends the Globe Fashion Week X China Moment fashion show during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Art Beam on September 12, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Mireya Acierto/Getty Images for New York Fashion Week: The Shows)

She claimed she had been given the date rape drug GHB while she was out celebrating her birthday with friends, and she is also due to talk about that incident in the episode of Dr. Phil, which airs in full on Monday.

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