Judge delays conservatorship ruling for Amanda Bynes

Actor is under court-ordered psychiatric care for two weeks.


Reuters July 28, 2013
Bynes has made headlines over the past year for erratic behaviour, legal problems and odd posts on Twitter. PHOTOS: FILE

LOS ANGELES: A judge in Southern California on Friday has postponed ruling on whether the parents of troubled Hollywood actor Amanda Bynes should be granted legal control over the former teenage star’s affairs.

Ventura County Superior Court Judge Glen Reiser pushed back the hearing to August 9 because Bynes, who is 27-years-old, is under court-ordered psychiatric care for the next two weeks, according to a court official.

Her parents have asked the court to grant them conservatorship after Bynes allegedly started a small fire in the driveway of a home in the Los Angeles suburb of Thousand Oaks on Monday.

Ventura County Sheriff deputies immediately placed the former teenage star of Nickelodeon series All That in involuntary psychiatric care at a local hospital.

Bynes was born in Thousand Oaks and grew up there. She has been a part of films including What a Girl Wants, She’s the Man and Hairspray but made headlines over the past year for erratic behaviour, legal problems and odd posts on Twitter.

Bynes, who is on probation in California for driving on a suspended license, faces charges in the state for allegedly driving under the influence and in New York, for marijuana possession and throwing a glass bong out of her 36th floor Manhattan apartment.

She isn’t the only young celebrity whose been in the news for all the wrong reasons. Pop singer Britney Spears was placed under conservatorship in 2008 following a personal meltdown and divorce. Her father and lawyer remain in control of her legal and financial affairs.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 29th, 2013.

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