Mischa Barton is coming forward about the recent sex tape leak that has been haunting her.
The 31-year-old actress had a sit-down with Dr. Phil McGraw were she explained how she discovered private footage was being shopped around several months ago.
“It got to me because somebody came up to me on the street, outside of the building leaving and said, ‘There’s something I need to tell you,’” she said. “I didn’t believe it at first, I couldn’t believe it, because I have loved this person and I didn’t think it was possible, and I later learned that it’s entirely possible.”
After reports surfaced that an ex-boyfriend was attempting to sell nude footage of the former “OC” star, Barton’s attorney issued a statement saying her client had been a victim of revenge porn and the X-rated tape was filmed without her consent.
“It was obviously complete emotional blackmail, it was one of those things where I needed 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,” said Barton.
Barton did add that she knew it was a mistake to put herself in the situation, but also stated that the emotional abuse has persisted for the last several months. Barton has obtained restraining orders against ex-boyfriend Jon Zacharias, who reportedly took intimate photos and videos, as well as former beau Adam Shaw, who allegedly copied the materials from Zacharias’ computer.
Barton’s interview with Dr. Phil is scheduled to be aired on Monday, April 3.