Amanda Bynes ordered to appear in court; insists she doesn’t need rehab

The Amanda Bynes saga rages on, and yet – Amanda hasn’t said a word (directly). Many of you commented on our story yesterday that unlike Lindsay Lohan, who was calling out Amanda for a lack of consequences (before she’s even entered the justice system), Amanda is keeping her mouth shut. Bynes deleted all her tweets after she begged Obama in June to get the officer who arrested her for DUI fired. She hasn’t tweeted since that I can find, and instead of raging to anyone who will listen (like The Cracken), she’s just acting very erratic and then denying off the record to TMZ that she has a problem. (Or maybe TMZ is going by her lack of response to paparazzi.) So in that respect she’s ahead of Lindsay despite the many other obvious similarities.

Yesterday we heard that Amanda’s neighbors and the people who see her at the gym regularly are concerned for her mental health. She’s been seen talking to herself and laughing at nothing, so unless she’s on the phone or watching funny cat videos it’s safe to assume she’s having issues. (Some of you speculated she’s having mental health problems and is self-medicating with pot and other drugs. Other people think she’s on drugs – prescription or otherwise – and is showing the effects. I don’t mean to sound so callous but I think it’s a chicken and egg situation.) Whatever is going on with her, it’s ongoing. A new report on TMZ claims she was in a dressing room at a boutique shop for an hour and forty five minutes. The shop clerk said that Amanda would bang on the wall about every ten minutes, and when they asked her if she was ok she would say she needed more time. Oh no. She bought a few things, and the good news is that she called a cab to pick her up. (Her car was impounded so she likely had no choice.) Here’s that story:

Amanda Bynes went shopping today in West Hollywood … and locked herself in a dressing room for nearly 2 hours.

Amanda was shopping at Kin (above) — a hip boutique. Amanda took some clothes inside the fitting room and stayed for 1 hr. 45 min.

The clerks heard a banging sound coming from inside the dressing room every 10 minutes or so. One clerk made a distress call to another employee, saying he was concerned about Bynes being hold up for so long. The employee drove to the store to help, to no avail. Amanda wouldn’t come out, telling them, “I need more time.”
Amanda finally came out at around 5:30 PM, went to the register and bought a pair of stilettos, a pair of sunglasses and a few other things.

Now get this … as Amanda walked out she noticed she had tried on a bathing suit top that was underneath her dress and told the clerk she forgot it was on. Amanda then paid for the suit.

Amanda saw a few photogs before leaving and then asked the clerk to call her a cab. It’s unclear how she arrived at the store.

[From TMZ]

I’m hoping that Amanda stayed in the dressing room because she wanted the damn paps to leave and was trying to wait them out. It’s incredibly strange and suspicious that she did that regardless, don’t get me wrong, but maybe she was doing it for a reason. In the video on TMZ of her leaving the store, the photographer calls her by name and asks her if she was ok and then says “do you think that you should be under a conservatorship, do you think that might be the next step to take?” It’s possible she was just hiding out in there hoping they’d lose interest, because they obviously harass her. (Again, not that she should be able to drive around aimlessly, get high and hit things, but there’s a difference.)

Amanda is set to appear in court on Friday on her DUI and two hit and run charges, according to E! Online. E! also corroborates TMZ’s story that Amanda’s neighbors are concerned for her. They quote a neighbor who says “Her house has become dilapidated. It used to be beautiful but she’s let it go to ruin… She used to leave the house every day to walk her dog, but she has not done that for a couple of months…When she was walking the dog, she would always wear the same clothes, she would put her headphones in, and she would always walk over the other side of the street so she didn’t have to talk to anyone.” The neighbor also said that Amanda’s driving is a concern.

TMZ has a follow-up that Amanda will not be going into rehab, and that she feels she doesn’t need a conservatorship. Given the exchange we just heard between Amanda and the paparazzo, it’s hard to tell whether TMZ is just jumping to conclusions or whether they have an inside source. I’m starting to think that Amanda doesn’t talk to anyone. Celebuzz had an interview with Amanda’s uncle, Richard Bynes, who claimed that Amanda’s father “doesn’t want to talk about her and often changes the subject,” and that Amanda is not in touch with her parents. He added “I don’t even think they know what’s going on with her.” Amanda’s uncle Bynes does think that “she needs help.” No kidding. I’m worried about her now.

These photos are from 6-5-11, the last event Amanda went to. Her mug shot is also shown. It’s hard to find new photos of her because she often hides from the paparazzi. Credit:

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  1. beyonce's bump says:

    Lindsay Lohan gots the whole druggie mental problems stihck down hun….#you need more people.

  2. Samantha says:

    She’s starting to sound more Britney Spears than Lindsay Lohan to me. Someone needs to intervene for this girl. Quickly.

    • emmieapricot says:

      That’s what I’m thinking. And I don’t know why but I have sympathy for Britney and nothing but disgust for Lindsay. Amanda seems to be a mixture of both of them — a (possible) mental problem but medicating with drugs/alcohol? Who knows – but I hope she gets the help she needs.

      • Colu says:

        It’s because Britney is a good person who needed help. Lindsey is an ungrateful, narsassic asshole.

      • Green_Eyes says:

        Totally agree w/ both of you. I hope she gets help. I always thought she was so adorable & I thought highly of her (for not going the Paris, Lindsay association path). Hate seeing her spriral down the dark roads….

    • Lindsay says:

      At some point it is hard to tell what is caused by what without really knowing the patient and their history. Some behaviors can stem from both drug abuse and/or a mental disorder.

      At least it sounds like her dad is accepting sheq is in serious trouble. That is major thing when you are looking at Britney v Lindsay. He looked like such a fool right after her arrest. “She never drinks. She was just upset and crying really hard. She blew a zero.” It says she blew a zero because she refused. I really hope she still has people she trusts and loves that can help stop her from ruining her life going down either path.

  3. SmokeyBlues says:

    I am actually SO worried about her. I watched her all the time growing up, she was a hilarious talent. She has been acting erratic, and thank god no longer driving, but she has never done anything to hurt anyone. She does not seem like an unkind or malicious person, just a very lost and messed up person. I am really rooting for her to get some help. Hopefully the courts will help her, but that’s probably wishful thinking. Get well Amanda, you deserve a peaceful life!

    • EmmaStoneWannabe says:

      Very well said. I remember watching her a lot in the 90s too, so this is just sad to see. Hope she gets help soon and stops denying whats happening.

  4. tru tru says:

    was she in there doing drugs??

    she has a serious problem, she’s not to the Mccracken state YET, but she is damn close.

  5. Fudge you, I'm going to Guam! says:

    She doesn’t need “rehab”, she needs to get out of L.A. and go to a decent “deprogrammer”.

  6. mln76 says:

    Definitely sounds like mental health is the primary problem and she’s masking it with drug use. I don’t think she means anyone real harm.

  7. ShanKat says:

    I had a complete bipolar meltdown, complicated by opiate abuse…and i behaved almost exactly like this. Reading about AB gives me flashback goosies. There’s something about driving around when you’re deep into a bipolar episode …it’s incredibly calming…and incredibly dangerous.

  8. girlnbayou says:

    I am not a pyschiatrist but it sounds like a pyschosis episode. She could have Schizophrenia which typically has an onset in early adulthood. Or she could be abusing bathsalts or some other pyschotropic hallucinagenic drug. I mean explain the bong. Maybe its the marijuana alternative “spice” stuff. That also can alter perception. But maybe she is self medicating her pyschosis. Who knows but there is definitely more going on than just being a bad driver and being hounded by paparazzi. Or it could be the perfect storm of all of the above. Either way it sounds a lot more serious than lindsay lohan and even more serious than britney. At least britney still socialized. Amanda seems to be going crazy by herself. Of course I am just offering an armchair dianosis. Excuse gramatical errors and misspellings. Typing on a touchscreen can be a real b!tch. My how I miss tactile buttons. *sigh*

  9. velouria says:

    Is it possible that she is more useless and boring than Lilo?

  10. Sam says:

    Yeah, this isn’t like Lindsay. Lindsay is an entitled, narcissistic drug user. Amanda comes off as far more mentally ill or in a drug-induced psychosis or something.

    It’s pretty clear that she is not going to take care of herself. This much is true. So basically, that leaves 2 options: either hope that the justice system intervenes and forces the help upon her (which in California, isn’t too likely) or hope that when she does go down, she’s the sole casualty and doesn’t take anyone else with her.

    (And I just feel the need to add that you can look at her face and tell that she’s struggling. Her eyes are really showing wear and tear. She looks older than she really is.)

  11. Blue says:

    This is sounding worse an worse every day. Something clearly happened to this girl for her to start acting this way. She seemed so normal for a long time, the fact that her dad changes the subject when she’s brought up and they don’t know what’s going on is really sad, because she seemed super close to them back in the day.

    • soapfish says:

      You’re right – it is really sad and very troubling.

      I’m struck by how often we’ve seen this phenomenon the past few years — young starlets going through very public downward spirals, with lots of us publicly condemning or handwringing, but watching all the while. It just makes me really sad. Whether good or bad or, most likely, a mix of the two, these young women are in desperate need of real professional help. … sorry, just sort of rambling aloud here – wondering why this is so clearly a gendered pattern. No answers, just a lot of sadness.

      I hope Bynes’ story can have a resolution that’s more Spears than Lohan. :/

  12. Hakura says:

    I was a fan of hers as a kid as well, watched her all the time. Reading this story makes me -seriously- concerned…

    I just hope the paparazzi don’t push her into doing something to hurt herself or someone else. =( All that pressure being followed on top of whatever she’s already struggling with…

  13. girlnbayou says:

    Lindsays statements also show that she is bitter about getting in trouble and clearly trying to detract from her own problems by spotlighting Amandas. If she were truly past her own issues she would be a beacon of support and encouragement for Amanda. Instead she is finding another avenue to pity herself. ‘poor me, the courts target me,’ always the victim and never taking responsibility.

  14. KellyinSeattle says:

    She always looks bloated in the face; maybe too much alcohol. She shoes are horrendos. I wish her health, but part of my things she’s really just vying for attention.

  15. Talie says:

    I believe her parents are dentists or something…definitely not showbizy. They must be lost as to what to do.

  16. Qatar 2 says:

    A little off the wall, but she could have a serious health problem that is causing her erratic behavior. A brain tumour, in the correct spot, can cause shifts in personality. The fact that she has been seen smoking up doesn’t necessarily mean this is all drug induced….nor can we be sure she has mental health issues.

  17. Jacq says:

    She isn’t on a Lohan track, because I’m pretty sure at this point she isn’t stealing stuff & issuing crack-denials. She’s not on a Britney track, because it doesn’t appear that there is anyone ready or willing to take the wheel, yet (see what I did there?). I’d say she is on the Natasha Leone track.

  18. yOXA says:

    I say place her on a Psyche Hold, then a stint in rehab, some happy pills then give her a job as a judge on X Factor. OR her family can start making funeral arrangements

  19. Ludakristen says:

    What scares me is that she always seems to be all by herself. I mean, Lindsay runs around getting into trouble, but at least she’s surrounded by other people (who would hopefully help her if something went totally awry, you know?). But most of the photos we’ve seen of Amanda, she’s all alone.

    • Hakura says:

      That’s something that’s made me wonder if she’s intentionally isolating herself from people who care about her, like her family. And she’s never seen with any friends…& like a neighbor said, she’s not even seen walking her dog anymore. =(

    • Shannon says:

      Blame Kid Kudi for that one. Her friends were trying to get her to dump him because he’s so toxic for her. Looks like she chose him.

  20. hmm says:

    Has anyone else noticed that she is never WITH anyone? She’s always out SOLO?

    Or are they just cropping other people out of the photos?

    I’m really interested to know if she ever has any “friend” types around…

  21. girlnbayou says:

    Ok by me. Glad to see people share my same thoughts. She is seen on the phone talking to people, I often wonder if there is anyone on the other end… Just sayin.

  22. Christian says:

    “do you think that you should be under a conservatorship, do you think that might be the next step to take?” – WTF? What a gross and inappropriate question. The paparazzi would just LOVE another Britney to f*ck with.

    Agree with the above commentors, esp. regarding isolation. Regardless of your mental status it’s unhealthy to be alone for long stretches of time. And if she does have some kind of mental illness she’s right at the age where it would set in. Very sad, I really hope she seeks therapy.

    • Hakura says:

      The wolves are circling their prey, just waiting for it to show some sign of weakness. The paparazzi are following & harassing her, like they did with Britney before her meltdown..

      Makes me majorly concerned that they’re going to push Amanda too far (crawling up her ass every time she leaves her house), speculating & asking questions about whether or not someone should be appointed to take over her life.

      I’d probably have a meltdown too, under those circumstances…

  23. jwoolman says:

    If she has Revel, the judge who sent Lindsay Lohan off to UCLA for evaluation and rehab after a brief stint in jail, she will get a psych evaluation. Revel does that routinely before sentencing whenever it seems warranted, and has at least one psychiatrist on tap to report to her. There really is something very odd going on with Amanda. Lindsay had to be dragged kicking and screaming to it, basically (she kept delaying), hopefully Amanda will be more cooperative because she needs help fast.

  24. ViloDeMenus says:

    Who does she have to kill before she gets it through her head she’s not a fit driver? Once you violate a judge’s order, even if you are a DisneyHo, there will be consequences.

    I don’t know why everyone is dancing around the fact she’s been photographed using a glass pipe, which is not for pot. She’s either using crack or meth driving around like a maniac. Yes she needs help, but she needs to not be driving in order to get that help so she doesn’t kill someone and then say “sorry, I was high, not my fault”.

    It’s nice her family benefited financially for years and now doesn’t want to deal with her diseases, whatever they may be.

    • SmokeyBlues says:

      I smoke my reefer out of a glass pipe all the time. Me and my trusty bowl. So I don’t get where you are coming from with that…

    • Shannon says:

      Have you never heard of a one-hitter? They’re usually made of glass. Also, did you see the pic of her car with the bits of tobacco in her cupholder? Classic sign of a potsmoker because we dump the tobacco out of a cigar and re-roll it with weed. It’s called a blunt. And for the record, most of us are tidy enough to dump the tobacco in a trash can ;)

      • Hakura says:

        You guys are making me feel left out! I’ve never smoked anything, period. (Not even the experimental puff on a cigarette).

    • lffme says:

      I agree that there seems to be a lot of support for the theory that she is smoking something harder than pot. I tend to think she is a crack addict… talking to herself, inanimate objects, cackling on the elliptical making terrible decisions. She may have a mental illness, but I think it’s just as likely she is smoking rocks.

  25. KC says:

    Amanda lives in a condo (at least that’s what earlier articles said), how can a condo become “dilapidated”? I mean after seeing the inside of her car, I completely believe inside her house is messy, but that’s still not dilapidated.

    • soapfish says:

      A condo could be townhouse-like, not just box-in-a-building apartment-like. I have no idea what her home looks like, but it’s reasonable enough that it might be a condo with an exterior facade that one could judge to be dilapidated.

    • Lucky Charm says:

      Not all condo’s are like apartments. Last spring I almost bought a condo that was a stand-alone (it wasn’t attached to any other buildings, and had it’s own private fully fenced yard and garage). It looked like a single-family house, but was actually considered a condo and had HOA dues.

  26. Shannon says:

    The fact that she realized she was about to walk out with unpaid for merchandise, then paid for it, tells us all we need to know about the difference between her and the Cracken.

    Amanda isn’t trying to be an asshole. She just needs help.

    • Hakura says:

      I didn’t even think about that, the thing with Lindsay trying to steal something, claiming she ‘forgot’ she was still holding/wearing/whatever it…

      The situations are oddly similar, only with Amanda apparently *not* intentionally attempting to steal the bathing suit. (or else she was, but changed her mind before going through with it.

  27. Gio says:

    This story seriously makes me unhappy, I used to watch Amanda in her sitcom The Amanda show almost everyday when I was younger and she seemed so down to earth and calm. She is obviously going through some mental instability appearantly caused by drug use based on a TMZ report sighting the other day. I never thought she would end up like this and my heart literally sank when I heard she was arrested for a DUI back in April. I pray and hope Amanda gets the help that she needs to get her life back on track and live happily once again. You are in my prayers Amanda, get well soon

  28. A Fan says:

    Of course she doesn’t need rehab…she needs a swift kick in the a**.

    And to suffer some consequences for her continued defiance of authority.

  29. Sarah Talks says:

    I wish I could rate this story because I’d give it a thumbs down or a ONE.