We were pretty alarmed to hear that The OC (which we totally need a reboot of) star, Mischa Barton, had been hospitalized for mental health evaluation Thursday. Though Mischa has had some hardships with her mental health in the past, including a 2007 DUI and possession charge for marijuana and an involuntary hold for threatening to harm herself in 2009, her reported behavior, which saw her hanging over her fence and “rambling about her mom being a witch, the world shattering and Ziggy Stardust” sounded pretty extreme.
As it turns out, there was a reason for her erratic outburst, and it’s actually pretty scary. Releasing a statement to People magazine, she said the following. “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. I voluntarily went to get professional help, and I was informed by their staff that I had been given GHB.”
WHOA. With no fluorescent sensors to help her detect the drugs that had been slipped into her drink, Mischa’s physical state quickly went downhill. Officers reportedly responded to multiple calls, though conflicting reports state that she was “fully clothed…and speaking in coherent statements” before “being willingly taken to the hospital,” with other outlets saying that when officers arrived, “She was making incoherent statements that made absolutely no sense.”
Either way, Mischa was thankfully not harmed and is doing much better today. “After an overnight stay I am home and doing well,” she said in the statement. “I would like to extend a big thanks of gratitude to the professionals at Cedars-Sinai for their great care and professionalism. This is a lesson to all young women out there, be aware of your surroundings.”
We couldn’t agree more, and we’re so glad to hear that you’re okay, Mischa.
Stay alert, ladies.
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(E!, photos via Greg Doherty, Daniel Reiter + Paul Archuleta/Getty)