Mischa Barton, Out of Hospital, Says She Was Drugged While Drinking: ‘This Is a Lesson to All Young Women’

Mischa Barton is revealing that she was drugged while celebrating her 31st birthday with friends — and is encouraging women to learn from her personal experience.

On Thursday, The O.C. alum was hospitalized at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, the morning after she celebrated her birthday.


In an exclusive statement to PEOPLE on Friday, Barton confirms that she has been released from the hospital — and says that someone gave her GHB while drinking on Wednesday night.

“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,” Barton said in the statement.

“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,” the statement continued. “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.”

Also known as a “date rape drug,” GHB is a depressant that is commonly placed in alcoholic beverages.

PEOPLE confirmed that police responded to multiple calls around 7:15 a.m. on Thursday about a disturbance coming from Barton’s West Hollywood apartment.

Upon arriving at her residence, officers found the actress and one house guest. According to authorities, Barton was “fully clothed” and “speaking in coherent statements” before she willingly went to the hospital.



Mischa Barton Released From the Hospital After Being Drugged at Birthday Celebration

Mischa Barton is shedding some light into her recent hospital visit.

The O.C. star has revealed to fans that someone gave her GHB (also known as the "date rape drug") while drinking on Wednesday night.

"On the evening of the 25th, I went out with a group of friends to celebrate my birthday," she shared in a statement to People. "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," the statement continued. "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."


MISCHA BARTON HOSPITALIZED For Mental Evaluation

Mischa Barton was hospitalized after exhibiting some bizarre behavior that had friends and neighbors extremely concerned Thursday morning.

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!"

She was only wearing a dress shirt and tie at the time.

Sheriff's deputies and firefighters responded to a call for a jumper or possible overdose. Law enforcement sources tell us Mischa was voluntarily transported to a hospital for mental evaluation.

We've reached out to Mischa's camp for an update on her condition, but no word back yet.

Back in 2009, she was placed on an involuntary psychiatric hold.

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