11:17 PM EDT 06/19/2013
Originally posted 06/04/2013 12:25PM
A judge on Tuesday accepted James Holmes's plea of not guilty by reason of insanity, setting the stage for a lengthy mental evaluation of the Colorado theater-shooting suspect.
Holmes is accused of opening fire in a packed Denver-area movie theater last summer, killing 12 people and injuring 70. He is charged with multiple counts of murder and attempted murder, and prosecutors are seeking the death penalty.
The mental evaluation could take months.
Holmes's lawyers repeatedly have said he is mentally ill, but they delayed the insanity plea while arguing state laws were unconstitutional. They said the laws could hobble the defense if Holmes's case should ever reach the phase where the jury decides if he should be executed.
Originally posted 06/03/2013 09:40AM
Singer-actress Pia Zadora has been arrested on suspicion of domestic battery and coercion after a disturbance at her Las Vegas home.
The '80s starlet, 61, was booked Saturday into the Clark County Detention Center and released after posting $4,000 bail.
The Butterfly actress was arrested about 11 a.m., some six hours after police responded to a disturbance call at her home.
Originally posted 06/01/2013 11:00AM
A Zumba fitness instructor at the center of a prostitution scandal featuring sex videos, adultery and more than 100 clients told a judge who sentenced her Friday to 10 months in jail that she's happy to have escaped her former life.
Sniffling and fighting back tears, Alexis Wright said she felt relief when police raided her business on Feb. 12, 2012, because she wanted out.
"In my eyes I'm free. I'm free from this," she told the judge. "I have an incredible amount of strength that I knew was in me somewhere. Now that I have the strength I want to encourage others to come forward. I want them to know that there's at least one person out there who'll believe their story, no matter how crazy it seems."
Originally posted 05/30/2013 02:00PM
Amanda Bynes's odd public behavior – and recent arrest – is worrying one of her old friends.
While calling into Las Vegas radio's Mark and Mercedes show on Wednesday, Lance Bass spoke of Bynes, saying, "It's one of those situations where obviously there's some mental problems there and she's not able to see that. We all are [able to see it]." (The actress's attorney, who's representing her in a DUI case in Los Angeles, says there's nothing to worry about, though, telling PEOPLE recently, "I think Amanda's fine. I have no problems with her whatsoever. She's a fine client.")
Bass produced Love Wrecked in 2005, in which Bynes starred. The movie led to their friendship.
Originally posted 05/29/2013 03:00PM
While Amanda Bynes has been making headlines for eyebrow-raising behavior in New York City, her DUI attorney on the other side of the country insists things are not as bad as they seem.
"I think [reports] are way exaggerated," Richard Hutton told PEOPLE on Wednesday in Beverly Hills, shortly after a hearing on his client's case. "I think Amanda's fine. I have no problems with her whatsoever. She's a fine client."
Hutton, who has spoken to Bynes, 27, recently, says, "Every time I've talked to her, I've had nice, attorney-client normal relations with her."
Originally posted 05/28/2013 09:05AM
Police acted appropriately in arresting Amanda Bynes last Thursday, the New York Police Department said Tuesday, denying the actress's claim that an officer had groped her.
"Internal Affairs investigators have found no evidence to corroborate Ms. Bynes' allegations," the NYPD said in a statement. "To the contrary, a credible civilian witness who was with the officers throughout told investigators that none touched Ms. Bynes inappropriately or otherwise engaged in misconduct at any time."
Bynes, 27, was arrested for allegedly throwing a bong out of her 36th-floor New York apartment window and smoking marijuana in the lobby of her building.
Originally posted 05/27/2013 02:10PM
Amanda Bynes is vowing to take her bong beef against the police to the courts.
On Monday, the actress, 27 – who was arrested on Thursday night for reckless endangerment and underwent a psychiatric evaluation in the hospital – lashed out at the NYPD, Tweeting that she plans to sue them for "illegally entering my apartment, lying about drugs on me and lying about me tampering with non existent drug paraphernalia."
Bynes, who allegedly threw a bong out the window of her 36th-floor apartment in front of police, continued, "Then I'm suing for being put into a mental hospital against my will, then locked up overnight for coming home after a facial and working out with my trainer like the good girl that I am."
Originally posted 05/25/2013 04:40PM
Just two days after Amanda Bynes was arrested for allegedly throwing a bong out of her 36th-floor New York apartment window and smoking pot in the lobby of her building, the troubled actress has taken to Twitter again to deny the charges – and make some accusations of her own against a police officer who arrested her.
"Don't believe the reports about me being arrested. It's all lies," she Tweeted Saturday afternoon.
"I was sexually harassed by one of the cops the night before last which is who then arrested me. He lied and said I threw a bong out the window when I opened the window for fresh air. Hilarious. He slapped my vagina. Sexual harassment. Big deal. I then called the cops on him. He handcuffed me, which I resisted, quite unlike any of the reports stated."
Originally posted 05/24/2013 08:00PM
Amanda Bynes has been attracting attention and concern for her erratic behavior in recent months – culminating in her arrest Thursday night for allegedly smoking pot in her lobby and tossing a bong out her 36th-floor New York apartment window.
And a resident of her building says her strangeness is even more magnified up close.
"She just stares at people. Her eyes look really messed up. It's very clear [to me that] she's not just smoking pot," the resident tells PEOPLE.
Originally posted 05/24/2013 08:45PM
Amanda Bynes has more than 1.1 million followers on Twitter – and they've seen her provocative Tweets about her dramatic looks, wanting to lose weight and photos of herself she sees online.
Well, she's at it again following her arrest Thursday night for reckless endangerment, after allegedly throwing a bong out of her 36th-story apartment in Manhattan.
Bynes also was charged with marijuana possession for allegedly smoking marijuana in the lobby of her building.
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