TV Actress Mischa Barton Held Under Involuntary Psychiatric Protection by Los Angeles Authorities

Jul 16, 2009  •  Post A Comment

Former "The O.C." star Mischa Barton was placed under involuntary psychiatric hold by the Los Angeles Police Department Wednesday, Access Hollywood reports.

Officials first responded to a non-911 emergency call to the actress’ home in Los Angeles, where they took her in under Section 5150 and held her involuntarily. She has since been transferred to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

Under Section 5150, authorities are authorized to hold an individual involuntarily for up to 72 hours if they present a threat to themselves or others or suffer from a mental illness. The same code was used to hold Britney Spears under custody last year.

Barton will star in the upcoming series "The Beautiful Life" on The CW.

–Sergio Ibarra

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