Video has emerged of actress Mischa Barton stammering and then falling before she admitted herself to a Los Angeles hospital on Thursday.
In an official statement provided to People on Friday, Barton said that she was told by hospital staff that she had been given GHB. Barton was out celebrating her 31st birthday over some drinks with a few friends on Wednesday night when she was alleged to have unknowingly been given the depressant, often referred to as a “date rape drug.”
The former The O.C. star said:
“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.”
Police responded early Thursday morning to a reported disturbance coming from Barton’s West Hollywood apartment. TMZ received troubling footage of Barton from that morning rambling audibly and then stumbling from her fence:
The police found Barton and one house guest present when they arrived. They stated that Barton was “fully clothed” and “speaking incoherent statements” before she voluntarily went to the hospital.
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