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03rd Jun 2021

The OC stars call Mischa Barton’s bullying claims “completely false”

Sarah McKenna Barry

Two of the actresses from The OC have questioned their former co-star’s claims.

Rachel Bilson and Melinda Clarke have disputed their former co-star’s claim that there was bullying on the set of The OC.

Just weeks ago, Mischa Barton opened up about her time on the hit drama series. In an interview with E! News, the actress, who played Marissa Cooper, said that one of the reasons she left the show was due to “bullying from some of the men on set”.

Her co-stars, however, have recently called Barton’s claims “perplexing” and “completely false”.

Bilson, who played Summer Roberts, and Clarke, who played Julie Cooper, discussed Barton’s allegations during their podcast Welcome to the OC Bitches!

Touching upon Barton’s recent interview, Bilson said: “You know, Melinda and I were talking immediately after it came out. And we were just like, ‘Wait, what?'”

Clarke, initially empathised with the stress Barton was under as a young person on the set of a TV show.

“Someone who is 16, 17, 18 – that amount of hours, work, pressure, at such a young age – at best, you’re exhausted. And at worst, it’s overwhelming and chaotic, so it breaks my heart a little.”

However, she went on to address some of the more specific claims.

“Some of the comments were very, um, perplexing to me, so I don’t know what the truth is about that. I do know that, yes, this was an enormous amount of pressure for her. And for everybody.”

Bilson said that she was “pretty confused” by Barton’s interview.

“I don’t know who she’s referring to because I personally didn’t witness any of that.”

She went on to say that the claims of bullying were “completely false”.

She continued: “That’s misinformation. Where is she going with this, and what is she trying to say? I would actually like to talk to her and find out what her experience was from her perspective, because I saw things a little differently.”

Towards the end, however, neither actress outright doubted Barton’s experience. In fact, they said that they’d love for her to join them on their podcast to get some clarity.