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Sinead O'Connor Changes Name After South Hackensack Motel Incident

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SOUTH HACKENSACK, N.J. -- Following a media storm over a video she made at a South Hackensack motel, Sinead O'Connor announced Monday that she was out of treatment -- and had changed her name.

"My new name is Magda Davitt," the Irish singer-songwriter wrote in a video she posted on Facebook in a plea to Dr. Phil to save three women from a treatment center he'd referred them to.

"Please, please don't ever send anybody to that trauma center again," she says.

Davitt/O'Connor, 50, made headlines last month with a tearful video recorded at the Travelodge on Huyler Street in South Hackensack .

She then turned to Dr. Phil, who sent her to an undisclosed trauma facility, where, she says in the Labor Day video, she was "abused from one of the night staff" when she complained about it and "falsely accused of not signing out" when she "went out for smokes."

She says she was "treated with prejudice for being Sinead O'Connor" after expressing a desire to harm herself.

She says she "started screaming and shouting" when the staff refused to call for mobile protective services, then was taken to a hospital by police.

Last week, she says in the video, the entire staff was sleeping "when there were three suicidal women" at the trauma treatment center.

She goes on to list several grievances -- included "magic mushrooms," snakes, unprotected creeks and lakes that could be used by suicidal patients to kill themselves and the fact that she was "ghosted and followed around" by staff.


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Davitt/O'Connor doesn't say where he recorded Monday morning's video.

She says her trauma work "was going very well" but that she was having difficulty sleeping and needed a boost in her medications.

She says she was told she needed a brain scan because of anger issues, then was "banished" from the facility on Friday because she insisted that "no one should be dying" there.

She also expresses gratitude to Dr. Phil for what he's done for her but questions why he hadn't checked in on her in the three weeks since she was admitted.

"I'm not an insane person. I do not have a mental illness," she says in the video. "I had every right to be very, very angry, to shout and to scream, to use bad words, to slam the doors in the 23 days I was there.

"I am way more intelligent than them," she says, adding that "there are people in danger there."

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