Mischa Barton Family Rep Rips Tabloid Story About Sister

01/09/2008 at 08:40 PM EST

Mischa Barton Family Rep Rips Tabloid Story About Sister
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A rep for Mischa Barton's family on Wednesday blasted a tabloid report that the actress's sister was hospitalized for a drug overdose.

"Mischa understands that as an actress and a public person she needs to address her issues in a timely and appropriate manner. That being said, she's the only public person in her family and we will not address these sleazy, tabloid reports," rep Howard Bragman tells PEOPLE. "I think these pieces of s--- who work at hospitals and sell private information are not only breaking the law, but they're morally reprehensible. They're selling people's private information for the price of dinner for four at Lawry's. And I hope they choke on their prime rib."

The National Enquirer reports that 19-year-old Hania Barton was hospitalized over the holidays after overdosing on a muscle relaxer.

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