Mischa Barton has hired a lawyer amid reports that an alleged sex tape of her is being shopped to porn companies. Attorney Lisa Bloom issued a statement about the matter via Twitter on Tuesday, March 14.
“I am very proud to represent actress Mischa Barton, who is courageously standing up for her rights. It has been reported that naked or sexually explicit images of Ms. Barton are being ‘shopped around.’ Ms. Barton does not consent to any disclosure of any such images. She believes that she was recorded without her consent by someone she was seeing at the time,” Bloom wrote in an official letter.
BREAKING NEWS: I am proud to represent actress Mischa Barton, who is the victim of revenge pornography. Here is my statement. pic.twitter.com/87brpAJoqy
— Lisa Bloom (@LisaBloom) March 14, 2017
“There’s a name for this disgusting conduct: revenge pornography. Revenge pornography is a form of sexual assault, and it is also a crime and a civil wrong in California. And we will not stand for it,” she continued. “I have a message for anyone who attempts to traffic in these photos or videos of Ms. Barton: we will find you, and we will come after you. We will fully prosecute you under every available criminal and civil law. You proceed at your peril.”
Bloom previously appeared as an anchor on the legal news program Lisa Bloom: Open Court on truTV from 2006 to 2009.
Barton, 31, has had a difficult few months. In January, she was reportedly hospitalized after officers responded to a disturbance call at her L.A. home. Barton was released the following day and told People magazine that someone slipped her a date-rape drug as she celebrated her birthday with friends. She thanked her fans for their well-wishes via Twitter on January 31.
“Thank you so much for all the love guys. It means the world to me. There is too much going on in the world so I appreciate this more than ever,” the O.C. alum wrote at the time. “From the bottom of my heart. We shall over come.”
Last month, she reportedly crashed a U-Haul truck into a West Hollywood apartment building.