Actress Mischa Barton, most famous for her role in The OC, has been sectioned after police were called to her Los Angeles home.
US TV reports state the 23-year-old has been placed under involuntary psychiatric hold at LA’s Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre. Under a ‘5150 section code’, a person can be held involuntarily for up to three days if they pose a risk to themselves or others. It is the same order under which Britney Spears was sectioned twice in January 2008.
The hospitalisation means the British-born star has missed the New York premiere of her new film, Homecoming. Mischa’s spokesperson wouldn’t comment on the star’s condition but confirmed she was under doctors’ care: "Mischa has been hospitalised per the recommendation of her doctor and is resting in the hospital."
In December 2007, Mischa was arrested for drink-driving, marijuana possession and driving without a licence. She was sentenced to three years’ probation.