Damn. So it seems Mischa Bartons call to the cops yesterday wasn’t as trivial as it seemed, because now Access Hollywood is reporting that she is being held under a 5150. That is to say she is being held against her will pending a psychiatric evaluation.
Barton has placed under an involuntary psychiatric hold by the LAPD and transferred to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center on Wednesday evening.
According to the code, authorities can hold a person involuntarily if they present a danger to themselves or others, are gravely disabled or suffer from a mental disorder. This same code was used to hold Britney Spears twice in Los Angeles in January 2008.
…the hospital can hold Barton involuntarily for up to 72 hours.
I think cops can just issue a 5150 by themselves, before ever consulting a doctor, and I realize that’s just to be safe, but it seems like a lot of power. I wish I could do that, but there’s no way I could legally make a girl stay with me for 3 days. That’s why I dug a moat around my house and filled it with alligators.