Mischa Barton ‘placed under psychiatric hold’

LAPD officers arrived at the Hollywood home of Barton, 23, on Wednesday (local
time), after responding to a non-emergency call from the star. A patrol car
arrived at the scene and began assisting the actress with a “medical issue,”
according to a spokesperson for the LAPD.

“We assisted her with a medical issue and removed her from her home,” the
spokesperson told People.com. She added that no paramedic staff were
involved and no arrests have been made. She refused to comment any further,
citing confidentiality laws.

Psych hold

Celebrity news website Access Hollywood claims that Barton, best known for her
role on axed drama series the O.C, has pulled a Britney and been placed
under an involuntary psychiatric hold (also known as a 5150) by police and
carted off to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

The gossip-hardy among you will remember Britney was placed under a 5150 twice
at the height of her meltdown in early 2008. Under a 5150, authorities can
hold a person involuntarily (for up to 72 hours) if they present a danger to
themselves or others.

Barton was last year charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and
possessing marijuana. She was sentenced to 36 months probation, and ordered
to attend a rehabilitation programme.

“I wanted to prove to the court that I would take it completely seriously, so
I went to rehab to prove I was sober,” Barton told UK fashion magazine Marie
Claire following her stint in rehab.

?It really helped in getting the more serious aspects of my case dropped
because, you know, that?s what they want to hear; you?re not an alcoholic
and you don?t have a problem,” she added.

“So I did it in the most low-key way possible ? I didn?t make a fuss about it
and I didn?t tell a lot of my friends. I just did the program and got
through it.?

News of Barton’s reported hospitalisation comes hot on the heels of an
announcement made by her rep on Thursday. Her mouthpiece said that Barton
would not be attending the premiere of her new film, Homecoming, – she
didn’t explain why.

Barton’s rep, Craig Schneider, tells People.com that cops were only called to
her home to protect her from unwanted media attention.

“Police were involved due to Ms. Barton’s celebrity status; to ensure her safe
transfer to medical treatment for which she remains hospitalised as per the
recommendation of her doctor.”

No strife

The LAPD has just spoken to OK! magazine and said Barton is not in any strife
with the law.

?She has not been detained, she wasn?t arrested. There were no other
individuals involved. We responded to Mischa Barton?s home, for a medical
issue that we are not at liberty to discuss. Yesterday at 3am, we were
dispatched to her home and assisted her with her medical issue.?

Meanwhile, Morgan J. Freeman, who directed Barton in her new film, has
released a statement about the troubled starlet.

?I along with everyone on the Homecoming team are saddened to hear that Mischa
Barton will not be able to attend the film?s premiere tonight in New York,?
he said in a statement. ?Her performance in Homecoming is fantastic, and she
will be missed at our premiere.?

E! News reports that this was the second call for medical help made from
Barton’s home this week. The first call was made after an “unidentified
30-year-old man fell down the stairs and dislocated his knee,” says their
report.

RadarOnline reports that Barton’s family has grown “increasingly distressed”
over the star’s behaviour for some time.

Quoting an unnamed source, the gossip site says Barton’s “erratic behavior”
has been a cause for concern.

“Her family had grown increasingly distressed over her erratic behavior over
the past several weeks,” the snitch said. “They are now in constant contact
with the medical team at Cedars.”

The snitch adds that the starlet had “a very difficult time when she first
arrived at Cedars, but right now, at this moment she is doing a little bit
better.”

Source: The New Zealand Herald

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