Troubled actor Amanda Bynes has been taken to a hospital for involuntary psychiatric care after the former teen star was involved in a disturbance in Southern California, authorities said on Tuesday.
Don Aguilar, a spokesman for the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department, declined to describe the incident that prompted deputies to take Bynes into custody and commit her for psychiatric evaluation.
But local media reported that the 27-year-old actor had started a fire in the driveway of a home in the Los Angeles suburb of Thousand Oaks.
The Ventura County Fire Department confirmed that it responded on Monday night to an incident involving a gas can that was set on fire in a driveway and that Bynes was at the scene, but it would not say if she was accused of starting the fire.
Under California law, a person may be detained for a mental health evaluation for up to 72 hours.
The actor rose to prominence at the age of 13 when she had her own comedy show on Nickelodeon but has made headlines over the past year for erratic behavior, legal problems and odd posts on Twitter.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 25th, 2013.
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