Actress Hospitalized for Mental Evaluation After Bizarre Incident

Jan 27, 2017  •  Post A Comment

An actress who is well-known for her work in a number of TV series and in feature films was hospitalized after reportedly exhibiting bizarre behavior in an incident early Thursday in West Hollywood.

TMZ.com cites law enforcement sources saying Mischa Barton was taken voluntarily to a hospital for mental evaluation.

“Sources connected to Mischa tell us she was hanging over her backyard fence in West Hollywood and rambling about her mom being a witch, the world shattering … and Ziggy Stardust. At one point she fell backward off the fence and said, ‘Oh my God, it’s over! I feel it, and it’s angry!,'” TMZ reports, adding: “She was only wearing a dress shirt and tie at the time.”

Barton, 31, may be best known for playing Marissa Cooper on the teen drama series “The O.C.,” which aired from 2003-2007 on Fox. She received a string of Teen Choice Awards nominations and trophies for the part, and has also had a successful career in film that has included roles in “Lawn Dogs” and “Notting Hill.”

Barton also had a run on ABC’s “Once and Again” and did voice work on Nickelodeon’s “KaBlam!,” among other TV work.

The actress has a history of psychiatric issues, notably having been placed on an involuntary psychiatric hold for two weeks back in July 2009.

ET Online offers a somewhat different account of Thursday’s incident, quoting a rep for the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department, West Hollywood station, identified as Sgt. Duncan, who said: “Upon arrival, deputies located the female victim who was fully clothed sitting on a couch. The female was making incoherent statements.”

However, ET also notes that “according to photos, [Barton] was wearing just a white dress shirt and tie at the time.”

Duncan corroborated that the subject was transported voluntarily by L.A. County Fire to a nearby hospital.

L.A. County Fire told ET that the incident was a “psych rescue” that was conducted after receiving a “behavioral call,” adding that there was “a possibility of an overdose.”

Here’s an interview clip featuring Barton talking about “The O.C.” in 2013, posted by The Huffington Post …


  1. Oh Boy, Trump Derangement Syndrome strikes again !!!

  2. Sad

  3. This is basically a case of “she went off her meds.” The possible approaches to this are all well-documented, and it’s just a case of which one the LACFD (do they still employ paramedics, à la Emergency!?) chose.

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