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Actress Mischa Barton has been released from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles following her hospitalization on Thursday, according to People.
The O.C. star was admitted to the hospital after reports were filed to police of a woman yelling loudly in a West Hollywood neighborhood early Thursday morning. Barton reportedly went willingly to the hospital when authorities arrived at her apartment.
In a statement to People, Barton claimed she was drugged while celebrating her 31st birthday the night before the incident. “On the evening of the 25th, I went out with a group of friends to celebrate my birthday,” the actress said in the statement. “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.”
GHB is a depressant, also known as a “date-rape drug,” similar to Rohypnol or “roofies.” Barton’s statement continued, with the star saying, “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.”
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