Actress Mischa Barton hospitalized in Los Angeles

By AFP

June 18, 2010 Updated Jul 17, 2009 at 1:12 PM EDT

Actress Mischa Barton, best known for her role in the hit teen television series "The OC," has been hospitalized after being taken from her home by police, according to US media.

Police officers were first called to Barton's home Wednesday "for a medical issue," said Los Angeles Police Department spokesman Richard French.

"No arrests were made and no one else was involved."

French declined to confirm that the 23-year-old actress was taken to the city's Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and placed in a psychiatric unit, as reported by People magazine.

Barton's publicist, Craig Schneider, confirmed in a statement relayed by US media that the actress "was safely transferred to medical treatment for which she remains hospitalized, as per the recommendation of her doctor."

London-born Barton was scheduled to attend the New York premiere of her film "Homecoming," which opens in theaters Friday.

The actress, who was sentenced last year to three years of probation for drunken driving, began her film career playing a girl's ghost in M. Night Shyamalan's "The Sixth Sense" (1999).




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