Young actress Satara Silver has been missing since Thanksgiving, until she arrived at Cedars Sinai Medical Center last week. According to NBC Los Angeles, clumps of hair had been pulled fro her skull, and she had cigarette burns in her arms and chin. She had wounds where fingernails had been dug into her skin, and she was suffering from heroin withdrawal.
Satara Silver, called her parents in Tennessee, and they came to California. They plan to admit her into a treatment center far away from California. ”I don’t want this to happen to other girls, is basically why I’m doing this,” Satara explains in her only interview before leaving Los Angeles.
With her mother by her side, Satara offered an account of what happened to her. She came to Hollywood six years ago to pursue an acting career, when she was 18 years old. She had already studied theater in New York, and her first four years in LA went very well, as she appeared in a number of independent films. She moved into an apartment with roommates, and worked various jobs in between film projects. Two years ago, she became ill and was later mugged. These events left her homeless, and she began couch surfing.
At the time, she thought the man who let her stay with him was a friend. So did her mother. Her mother recollects that the man called her one time, saying he was going to shoot her daughter up with heroin. ”That is when I knew he was not a friend,” Satara’s mother said.
Satara claims the man used heroin “to keep her,” as she would not leave with an addiction to the drug. He made threats and abused her physically and sexually. There were times Satara left, including two trips to detox. But, he always picked her up after her treatment, and she returned to the same scenario. ”When somebody tortures and threatens, you go with them,” Satara said.
The last time her mother talked to her before Satara showed up at the hospital, she claimed the man had taken her cellphone. After the conversation, Satara’s mother called the police. The police discovered that the man Satara was with was a registered sex offender on probation. His probation officer contacted him, advising him to distance himself from Satara. Satara Silver claims she could not take it anymore, and the man dropped her off at Cedars-Sinai on March 15th.
She is free from him now, but still must battle heroin addiction. She left California with her family, headed to treatment. She plans to begin rebuilding her career after treatment, although she plans to go to New York rather than back to Los Angeles. The man who lead Satara to heroin and torture is now in jail, arrested on a narcotics charge.