This is horrifying.
As we reported late this week, former star of The O.C. Mischa Barton was hospitalized after exhibiting bizarre behavior the morning after she celebrated her birthday with friends.
And now, we know more about what’s really going on with her, and what prompted that behavior: she was drugged at some point in the night while drinking.
In a statement released to PEOPLE on Friday evening, Barton reveals all about what happened, and confirms that somebody put GHB in her drink at some point on Wednesday night, while out and about.
Her statement explains what happened (below):
“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. After an overnight stay, I am home and doing well. 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.”
That is honestly and truly horrifying — and, as Mischa says, an unfortunate reminder to all young women everywhere that when they go out, these things do happen.
It’s a HUGE relief compared to how this could have ended, though. Yikes.
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