08:19 PM EDT 12/06/2013
Originally posted 08/08/2013 08:15PM
At a hearing two weeks ago, a Ventura, Calif., judge was being extra cautious: He wanted to see Amanda Bynes in person before granting her mother, Lynn, 66, temporary legal control of her life.
Bynes, 27, who's been forcibly hospitalized for the past 17 days since allegedly setting fire to a neighbor's driveway, is expected to be escorted to the courthouse Friday by hospital staff for the pivotal hearing.
"What happens to Amanda next largely depends on what her treating doctor recommends," says Jeffrey S. Cohen, an L.A. attorney who's not involved with the case.
Originally posted 07/27/2013 09:05AM
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Originally posted 07/26/2013 04:30PM
Long before Amanda Bynes allegedly tossed a bong out her apartment window and donned an aqua wig to court, her parents Rick and Lynn Bynes had become increasingly concerned about her behavior.
"Prior to moving to New York, Amanda was extremely paranoid about being 'watched,' including at our residence," her parents wrote in court papers released Friday.
"She would cover smoke alarms with towels, tape windows shut, and cover her car's dashboard with cardboard and tape out of fear that cameras were watching her from inside these places."
Originally posted 07/26/2013 01:00PM
A judge in Oxnard, Calif., is taking extra precautions before handing over legal control of Amanda Bynes's life to her parents.
Ventura County Superior Court Judge Glen M. Reiser stated that, because the actress is currently under a 14-day psychiatric hold after a reported driveway-burning incident, an emergency decision wasn't necessary.
Rick, 68, and Lynn Bynes, 66, appeared somber as they attended the Friday hearing along with their attorney Tamar Arminak, who stated that the reason for the conservatorship application was because the parents feared their daughter would be released following her three-day hold.
Originally posted 07/25/2013 10:45PM
Amanda Bynes is not getting out of a psychiatric hospital anytime soon, following a judge's decision to allow her held there for two more weeks. At the same time, her parents are now trying to take legal control of the actress's life.
TMZ reports that late Thursday a judge granted an involuntary hold for up to two weeks following a hearing at the hospital where Bynes has been under evaluation since earlier this week.
Meanwhile, Rick, 68, and Lynne Bynes, 66, have filed an application for conservatorship over their daughter, according to multiple reports.
Originally posted 07/24/2013 03:00PM
Multiple run-ins with the law and erratic behavior have left fans asking, 'What went wrong?'
Originally posted 07/24/2013 12:15PM
Having her driveway set on fire allegedly by Amanda Bynes was considered quite the burn for Bonnie Braaten.
The Thousand Oaks, Calif., resident, 73, hasn't a clue as to why someone would want to do such an act, telling PEOPLE she isn't aware of "anyone who would be angry with me enough to set a fire in my driveway."
The troubled actress, 27, wasn't arrested but instead hospitalized Monday night on an involuntary psychiatric hold after she was seen near a gas can and the small fire.
Bynes was described to Braaten by a local sheriff as "someone [who] was short [and who] had funny hair [and was] carrying a Chihuahua."
Originally posted 07/23/2013 12:25PM
Amanda Bynes was hospitalized Monday night on an involuntary psychiatric hold after she was seen near a gas can and a small fire on a household driveway in Thousand Oaks, Calif.
After questioning Bynes, sheriff's deputies determined she needed to be placed under the 5150 hold, which police, social workers and other mental health professionals have the authority to use if a person is considered a danger to themselves or others, or is gravely disabled.
"When we receive a call on something like this and someone is behaving unusually in front of a deputy trained to evaluate the possibility of needing a mental health evaluation, we can bring them to a mental health facility for up to 72 hours," says Ventura County Sheriff's Captain Don Aguilar.
Originally posted 07/11/2013 11:40AM
When Amanda Bynes made her way around New York City on Wednesday, it wasn't one of her wig selections commanding the spotlight.
Nope, it was a furry friend.
Just a day after the troubled actress made her latest appearance in court – in connection with her alleged May bong-throwing incident – she had her hands full with her constant canine companion.
Originally posted 07/09/2013 11:00AM
There was more style than substance at Amanda Bynes's latest court appearance on Tuesday morning.
The actress, 27, showed up in a New York courtroom wearing an aqua-colored wig, as she faced a judge in connection with her alleged bong-throwing incident in May.
Bynes was silent in court as she was told to return Aug. 26 for another hearing.
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