Look Out: Amanda Bynes Is Now a Free Woman

By Shawn Dwyer 12/05/13

The troubled ex-Nickelodeon star is back on the streets following an extended stay in a Malibu treatment center.

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Following a rather trying 2013, former Nickelodeon star Amanda Bynes has recently completed treatment at a rehabilitation center and has returned home to live with her parents. Bynes herself told InTouch magazine that she’s “doing very well.”

Bynes had a tumultuous couple of years where she was arrested for driving under the influence after hitting a police car in West Hollywood in 2012. In May 2013, she was arrested again for criminal possession of marijuana and reckless endangerment after she was caught throwing her bong from her high-rise apartment. Two months later, Bynes was kicked out of the Ritz-Carlton after racking up $2,000 in room service and drunkenly trespassing on a retirement community.

But her life came crashing down around her days later when she was involuntarily hospitalized on a 5150 hold after setting a fire in the driveway of a Thousand Oaks, CA home; such holds are used “[w]hen any person, as a result of mental disorder, is a danger to others, or to himself or herself, or gravely disabled.” She left the psych ward at the UCLA Medical Center in early September and entered the more cozy confines of The Canyon in neighboring Malibu. Days before Thanksgiving, Bynes was released to her parents’ custody – her mother received temporary conservatorship over her finances and medical care in August – in order to continue her rehab.

"Amanda and her entire family would like to thank everyone who's contacted them with good thoughts and wishes for Amanda's recovery," said lawyer Tamar Arminak in a statement. "Amanda has completed her inpatient rehabilitation and she's feeling better every day."


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