Mischa Barton breaks her silence on sex tape: 'My absolute worst fear was realized'

Mischa Barton held a press conference on Wednesday morning to address rumors that there's a sex tape featuring the former "O.C." actress that's being shopped around Hollywood.

Barton addressed the media in a serious tone and revealed that she had no idea that her romantic partner had been filming their intimate moments together.

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"I just want to say that I have been put through an incredibly hard and trying time," she read off a sheet of paper. "This is a painful situation, and my absolute worst fear was realized when I learned that someone I thought I loved and trusted was filming my most intimate and private moments, without my consent [and] with hidden cameras."

"And then I learned something even worse: That someone is trying to sell these videos and make them public," she continued.

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WESTWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 08: Actress Mischa Barton attends the Hammer Museum 14th Annual Gala In The Garden with generous support from Bottega Veneta at Hammer Museum on October 8, 2016 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Donato Sardella/Getty Images for Hammer Museum)
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 06: Mischa Barton is seen on October 06, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG001/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 13: Mischa Barton attends the Chiara Boni La Petite Robe fashion show during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at The Dock, Skylight at Moynihan Station on September 13, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for New York Fashion Week: The Shows)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 13: Mischa Barton is seen in Soho on September 13, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Alo Ceballos/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 12: Actress Mischa Barton attends Nolcha Shows New York Fashion Week Women's S/S 2017 presented by InstaSleep Mint Melts at ArtBeam on September 12, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Brian Ach/Getty Images for Nolcha)
PARIS, FRANCE - JULY 05: Mischa Barton attends the Bulgari Celebration of Magnificent Inspirations, The New High Jewellery Collection during Paris Haute Couture at the Italian Embassy on July 5, 2016 in Paris, France. (Photo by Venturelli/Getty Images for Bvlgari)
CAP D'ANTIBES, FRANCE - MAY 19: Actress Mischa Barton arrives at amfAR's 23rd Cinema Against AIDS Gala at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc on May 19, 2016 in Cap d'Antibes, France. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
BERLIN, GERMANY - JUNE 28: Mischa Barton attends the Stylight Awards 2017 at Admiralspalast on June 28, 2016 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Chad Buchanan/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 17: Mischa Barton attends the De Grisogono Party during the annual 69th Cannes Film Festival at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc on May 17, 2016 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Stephane Cardinale - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 16: Mischa Barton attends the 'Loving' premiere during the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival at the Palais des Festivals on May 16, 2016 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Mike Marsland/Mike Marsland/WireImage)
CAP D'ANTIBES, FRANCE - MAY 17: (L to R) Siran Manoukian, Mohammed Al Turki, Toni Garrn and Mischa Barton attend the de Grisogono party during the 69th Cannes Film Festival at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc on May 17, 2016 in Cap d'Antibes, France. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 16: Mischa Barton attends the Chopard Party at the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival on May 16, 2016 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Stephane Cardinale - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 16: Mischa Barton is seen at Hotel Martinez during the annual 69th Cannes Film Festival at on May 16, 2016 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Jacopo Raule/GC Images)
CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 15: Mischa Barton visits the Avakian Suite during The 69th Cannes Film Festival on May 15, 2016 in Cannes, France. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images for Avakian)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - APRIL 28: Actress Mischa Barton attends Taste for a Cure Gala at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on April 28, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Tara Ziemba/Getty Images)
CULVER CITY, CA - APRIL 24: Actress Mischa Barton attends Safe Kids Day at Smashbox Studios on April 24, 2016 in Culver City, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
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LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 09: Actress Mischa Barton attends NYLON Magazine's Muses And Music Party at No Vacancy on February 9, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Unique Nicole/WireImage)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 09: Actress Mischa Barton attends the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival 'AMBI Gala' at the Four Seasons Hotel on September 9th, 2015 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - AUGUST 27: Mischa Barton attends Barneys New York Fetes Shoe Designer Gianvito Rossi at Barneys New York Beverly Hills on August 27, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for Barneys New York)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 18: Mischa Barton attends the after party for a screening of Sony Pictures Classics' 'Grandma' hosted by The Cinema Society, Kate Spade and Ketel One Vodka at The Jimmy at the James Hotel on August 18, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)
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Rumors that the tape existed emerged earlier this week. Reports followed that Kevin Blatt was shopping the tape, which he received from a third party, around Hollywood for a starting price of $500,000.

In a statement released through her attorney, Lisa Bloom, on Tuesday night, Barton and her legal team announced Wednesday's press conference and promised to take "new legal action against alleged purveyors of revenge pornography."

"Ms. Barton does not consent to disclosure of any such images, and believes she was recorded without her consent," the statement read.

Barton finished her press conference by announcing the bigger reason for her desire to take legal action against those who are allegedly trying to sell the sex tape.

"I came forward to fight this not only for myself, but for all the women out there," she revealed. "I want to protect them from the pain and humiliation that I have had to go through. No woman should have to go through this, and I am beyond grateful to Lisa Bloom -- The Bloom Firm -- and to all of my friends who have helped me through this horrific experience."

Watch a clip from her press conference below:

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