Mischa Barton has been placed under ‘involuntary psychiatric hold’ in a Los Angeles hospital, according to reports. A source close to the situation told Access Hollywood the actress was held under Section 5150 of the California Welfare and Institutions Code – the same code which hospitalized Britney Spears twice in 2008. The section stipulates authorities can hold a person against their will for up to 72 hours if they present a danger to themselves or others, are gravely disabled or suffer from a mental disorder. The O.C. actress was forced to miss the New York premiere of her new film The Homecoming after she was hospitalized at the Cedars Sinai hospital in Los Angeles on Wednesday afternoon.
LAPD officers arrived at the 23-year-old’s West Hollywood apartment after responding to a non-emergency call to assist with a ‘medical issue’. LAPD spokesperson April Harding told Us Weekly magazine on Thursday: ‘”We responded to her home last night on a medical issue. We assisted with it. She was removed from her home.’ When asked if Mischa was co-operative, the office answered: ‘I guess.’
A statement from her representative confirmed Mischa was receiving hospital care, but declined to give further details. Craig Schneider said: ‘Police were involved due to Ms. Barton’s celebrity status; to ensure her safe transfer to medical treatment for which she remains hospitalized as per the recommendation of her doctor.’
A friend of the London-born star told People magazine that she had been troubled for several months. The pal said: ‘She has been dealing with a lot of personal issues.’ Last year, Barton was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and possessing marijuana. She was sentenced to 36 months probation, told to attend alcohol education classes and had to pay a hefty fine. She told UK fashion magazine Marie Claire that she went to rehab following her arrest. She said: ‘I wanted to prove to the court that I would take it completely seriously, so I went to rehab to prove I was sober.’
Charles Prow, 32, and Frenchman Charles Criscenzo, 53, were killed after rigging collapsed at the Velodrome stadium in the southern French city of Marseille. Madonna, currently on the Italian leg of her Sticky and Sweet tour, told an audience at the Fruili Stadium, in Udine, northern Italy, that she was ‘devastated’. She added: ‘I ask you for a moment to stop and think of the people who have lost their lives, we need to appreciate life, the people we love and our families.’
At least eight others were injured in the collapse, including an American who is critical. Four had multiple injuries, including fractures, and three were lightly injured by falling rubble. Some 39 others were suffering from shock and needed treatment for trauma. The dead men are believed to have been hit by lighting due to be suspended above the temporary stage. A source close to the investigation said one of four cranes being used to put the roof in place ‘appeared to be faulty’.
Madonna, 50, was due to perform to a sell-out crowd in Marseille on Sunday. The concert has been cancelled. Jean-Claude Gaudin, the mayor of Marseille, said ‘all of the victims were working for Live Nation, which was organizing Madonna’s concert. Of course Sunday’s concert will not now go ahead’. Before disaster struck, the cranes had been lifting the roof into place, but it became unbalanced and collapsed, knocking at least one of the cranes over too. Around 50 technicians had been working on the structure at the time. A stadium spokesman said: ‘The accident happened soon after 5pm when a stage was being put up for Madonna by a number of technicians. ‘A roof collapsed on to a group of stagehands’. Aerial pictures showed that the entire temporary roof had come down, along with all scenery and lighting. ‘Since it did not collapse right away, that allowed several people to get out, to avoid being hit,’ he said.
Madonna also left a statement on her website last night, which read: ‘I am devastated to have just received this tragic news. ‘My prayers go out to those who were injured and their families along with my deepest sympathy to all those affected by this heartbreaking news.’