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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.
Originally posted 06/01/2013 01:00PM
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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 05/29/2013 12:30PM
Despite the history of former child stars having trouble transitioning into adulthood – as evidenced by Britney Spears's public meltdown in 2008, Lindsay Lohan's ongoing troubles, and, most recently, the upheavals taking place in the life of Amanda Bynes – former child star Mara Wilson said she "had a generally good experience" standing before the cameras in Mrs. Doubtfire (1993), Miracle on 34th Street (1994) and Matilda (1996).
She also clearly developed a pro's perspective on what can happen as a child star matures – because she's now shared her thoughts in a breezy yet thoughtful essay on the Cracked.com humor site, titled "7 Reasons Child Stars Go Crazy."
In it, the 25-year-old gets a handle on why "not many child stars make it out of Hollywood alive or sane." She also sheds light on why "at any given time there are at least three former ones having very public breakdowns."
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."
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