Mischa Barton is opening up about the recent emotional turmoil she faced from the emergence of an illegally recorded sex tape with her former partner.
In a preview for an exclusive interview with Dr. Phil McGraw on his popular daytime talk show, the 31-year-old actress reveals how she came to realize just “several months” ago that a tape of her and her ex, Jon Zacharias, was allegedly been shopped around.
“It got to me because somebody came up to me on the street and said, ‘There’s something I need to tell you,'” Barton recalls. “I didn’t believe it at first. I couldn’t believe it, because I had loved this person and I didn’t think it was possible, and I later learned that it was entirely possible.”
Barton adds, “It was obviously complete emotional blackmail. It was just one of those things where it was time to distance myself from all of these people immediately because there’s not much you can do. It’s really out of your hands, and it was a crime.”
Addressing her very public meltdown back in January, which saw the former “The O.C.” star incoherently shouting strange phrases outside of her West Hollywood home, Barton says, “I think it was complete hallucination. I have no idea what I was talking about.”
When Dr. Phil asks the actress if she was seeing something during her hallucinations, she claims she saw “specks of light and stuff like that.” Barton goes on, “I’ll remember my friend saying, ‘Please lay down,’ and then it’ll be gone again. The whole part outside is just blackouts.”