Amanda Bynes detained for mental health evaluation
Amanda Bynes' spree of bizarre behavior in public continued on Monday night, creating more drama for the former actress.
Bynes, 27, was involved in a "disturbance" in a residential neighborhood in Thousand Oaks, north of Los Angeles, Capt. Don Aguilar of the Ventura County Sheriff's Office said in a statement. After investigating the incident, deputies determined that Bynes met the criteria for a 5150 welfare hold, or an involuntary psychiatric hold.
Sgt. Eric Buschow told The Hollywood Reporter that the fire department was called around 8:45 p.m. after Bynes sparked a fire in the driveway area of a single-family residence. He noted that this was "not a deliberate attempt to set a house on fire" and there was no damage to the home and added that Bynes is not related to the residents of the home in any way.
Bynes, who grew up in Thousand Oaks, owns a home in nearby Calabasas. She recently made a court appearance in New York City wearing a blue wig, big sunglasses, fake eyelashes, a tank top and sweat pants to face misdemeanor charges in an incident reported by a doorman who told police that Bynes was smoking marijuana in the lobby. Before officers arrived, Bynes had gone back to her 36th floor apartment, and when police came to her apartment, she reportedly tossed the water pipe out the window.
Bynes made no comment during the hearing but has previously denied the charges of marijuana possession, reckless endangerment and attempted tampering with evidence. In September, she'll return to court for another scheduled hearing on the matter.
Bynes has been in the headlines for months for her erratic public behavior, legal problems and her Twitter rants, which sometimes involve insulting other celebrities. Bynes gained early stardom at the age of 13 when she had her own comedy show on the Nickelodeon television network. She later starred the TV show "What I Like About You" and had a major role in the movie "What a Girl Wants" but has not appeared in a film since 2010's "Easy A."
As mandated by law, Bynes will remain in custody for treatment and evaluation for 72 hours.