British actor James Howson is set to spend a month in hospital after he was sectioned under the U.K.'s Mental Health Act.
The 24-year-old rising star, who played Heathcliff in a 2011 movie adaptation of Wuthering Heights, has pleaded guilty to racially aggravated harassment stemming from a bust-up with his ex-girlfriend, and was due to be sentenced on Monday (27Feb12).
However, the hearing at Leeds Magistrates' Court in England was adjourned after it emerged Howson is receiving care at a hospital in Newcastle, England and is being held under the Mental Health Act.
His lawyer, Anthony Sugare, says, "The position is that on arriving at court this morning, I was told that the court itself had heard from the hospital that he had been taken in there under the Mental Health Act for a period of 28 days for observation."
Howson is now expected to be sentenced on 26 March (12).