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Parents: Amanda Bynes Danger to Herself, Others

July 27, 2013
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The parents of actress Amanda Bynes say they are "deeply concerned" that she is a danger to herself and others, "appears to have a substance abuse problem" and has spent more than $1.2 million of her savings in a short time, according to court records.

Richard and Lynn Bynes appeared Friday before Ventura County Superior Court Judge Glen M. Reiser in an Oxnard probate courtroom. The case was continued to Aug. 9 so Amanda Bynes could speak to an attorney. Bynes, 27, did not appear in court.

Bynes' parents remained quiet as their attorney, Tamar Arminak, filed a motion asking Reiser for conservatorship over her affairs because they were concerned she would be released from a 72-hour psychiatric hospitalization ordered after she started a fire in Thousand Oaks. The involuntary hospitalization, however, was later extended to two weeks.

Conservatorships are typically requested to gain control over a person's basic living decisions, such as money and medical treatment. The conservatorship needs Reiser's approval.

According to court records of the conservatorship request obtained Friday by The Star, Bynes' pants caught fire and she took them off at the scene while trying to put out the flames in Monday's incident. Witnesses said Bynes' dog also might have caught on fire. She went to a nearby liquor store looking for a way to wash gasoline off her dog, according to the records.

Bynes had been living in New York before the incident, and her parents were informed she was back in California sometime around July 20.

"When we asked her how she arrived here (since she has no driver's license or other identification), she said she 'cabbed it,' " Bynes' parents said in their conservatorship request. "We do not know how she actually traveled from New York to California. We also do not know where she had been staying prior to her psychiatric hold, as she has no residence in California. We believe she is essentially homeless."

Her parents said Bynes was "extremely paranoid" about being "watched" at their home.

"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," according to the records.

According to her parents, Bynes also has "profound issues" with her body image and is obsessed with the idea that she and others are "ugly." Bynes talks incessantly about getting cosmetic surgery and has encouraged her mother to have plastic surgery, according to the court records.

Her parents were also concerned about her spending, saying their daughter has spent about $1.2 million of her $4 million savings in a "very short amount of time."

"She has a modest amount of rental income coming from two properties that she owns, but she has no other income at this time," her parents said in the court records.

Her parents also said Bynes has verbally assaulted several people, including family members, through her Twitter account.

Bynes remained in custody Friday under an involuntary psychiatric hold after she apparently started a gas can on fire in front of a Thousand Oaks home. No one was injured, and there was no damage to the property. Bynes had no connection to the homeowner but apparently has family in the area.

Reiser set the Aug. 9 date for the parents' conservatorship request. "There are cases in which a temporary conservatorship can be issued in the absence of the conservatee, but those are extreme," he said Friday.

Bynes is scheduled to appear in court then as Reiser considers reports he ordered, including a review by Senior Deputy Public Defender Mary Shea, a physician's declaration and a separate court investigation.

Shea appeared in court Friday on behalf of Bynes. Both Shea and Arminak asked Reiser to keep court procedures private and records sealed. The judge said they had until noon to file a motion on that.

Bynes appeared in a New York court earlier this month for a May incident in which she allegedly threw a marijuana bong out of her Manhattan apartment window. She was charged with reckless endangerment and attempted tampering with physical evidence.

Bynes was born in Thousand Oaks and graduated from Thousand Oaks High School's independent study program in 2004.

She appeared in her first commercial at age 7 and got her series start on TV on Nickelodeon's sketch comedy show "All That" in 1996 and eventually got her own show on the network.

Her breakout film role was "Big Fat Liar," and she also starred in "Easy A," which was filmed in Ojai.


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Source: (c)2013 Ventura County Star (Camarillo, Calif.) Distributed by MCT Information Services


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