FOX's hit teen series The O.C. was always packed with drama, but the juiciest storylines seem to have taken place behind the scenes
"So now she wants to go say that she was bullied," the source continued. "It wasn't that she was bullied. People didn't appreciate waiting for hours for her to show up."
The source as Barton's tardiness wasn't the only issue. The London-born actress also had an "annoying" momager. "It was a mess," adds the source
In response to the accusations, Barton issued a statement apologizing for her conduct. "There was a lot going on. Whether I was late or not doesn’t excuse certain behavior from individuals in powerful positions," she said. "Everyone experiences things differently and where I acknowledge some of my past behavior may not have been helpful in certain instances, I will tell my truth when I feel ready."
Barton played Marissa Cooper on the soapy series, which ran from 2003 to 2007, until her character was killed off in Season 3
But Barton's bad antics seems to be a thing of the past. The source said that while filming The Hills: New Beginnings in 2019, the actress' behavior was like "night and day."
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"She was definitely more mature," they acknowledged. "She definitely was showing up with an understanding of what her responsibilities were."
As OK! previously reported, Barton recently opened up about why she left the show in 2006.
"It's a bit complicated," she told E!. "It started pretty early on because it had a lot to do with them adding Rachel [Bilson] in last minute as, after the first season, a series regular and evening out everybody's pay — and sort of general bullying from some of the men on set that kind of felt really s**tty."
While fans were upset about her exit from the show, for Barton, "there were people on that set that were very mean to me. It wasn't, like, the most ideal environment for a young, sensitive girl who's also been thrust into stardom to have to put up with."
"You know, I also loved the show and had to build up my own walls and ways of getting around dealing with that and the fame that was thrust specifically at me," Barton explained, as she was only 17 when the show began.
"Just dealing with like the amount of invasion I was having in my personal life, I just felt very unprotected, I guess is the best way to put it," she added.
Page Six was first to report the source speaking out about Barton.