Amanda Bynes moves to New York, was spotted wandering for hours: very bad idea?

Here’s a little break from the Emmy coverage to focus on a celebrity who obviously needs help. The last we heard about Amanda Bynes, she had gotten into a scuffle with a paparazzo who refused to delete a photo he had taken of her. She said to him “you have to delete the one of my face, I have to look beautiful.” A little later in the video posted on ETOnline, he accused Amanda of pinching and scratching him in an attempt to grab his camera. She denied doing either and just kind of left the scene. The photographer seemed to be harassing Amanda, and she actually sounded calm in comparison.

Amanda told People Magazine that she was going to move to New York to pursue a career in fashion, and she seems to have done just that. As you probably heard, her car was impounded last week after she was busted driving on a suspended license. On Friday, she was officially charged with two counts of driving on a suspended license. But – her license was supposedly suspended for failing to pay multiple traffic tickets, not in relation to her DUI and several hit and run incidents. I only hope that means that her violations are piling up, not that they’re more minor that we expected and that her hit and runs will be overlooked. This is LA, though, so it’s not like we can expect her to get a full six months in jail for each charge.

Anyway Amanda was spotted in NY, where she supposedly wandered around for “hours.” Maybe she was shopping and hanging out, and at least she’s not driving. Sources tell TMZ and Radar that she’s planning on making the move permanent. Here’s more:

bolted out of L.A. this weekend and thankfully headed to a city where public transportation is readily available … the Big Apple!

Witnesses who spotted Amanda in NYC tell TMZ … the actress was aimlessly wandering around Midtown for hours on Saturday.

But get this — Amanda is telling friends the reason she jetted off to New York is because she was tired of being followed in L.A. — something she says doesn’t happen in NYC.

Bynes now tells friends she NEVER wants to come back to L.A, which is interesting timing considering her parents JUST moved to CA from TX to be closer to their daughter.

TMZ broke the story … Amanda was slapped with two counts of driving on a suspended license on Friday. She faces up to six months in jail for each offense.

[From TMZ]

Radar and TMZ differ in how they report Amanda’s family situation. TMZ claims her family moved to LA to be closer to her and somehow help, even though that doesn’t seem to be happening. They say that Amanda refuses to talk to her parents and has been estranged from her family, including a brother and sister, for some time. Her friends are supposedly “furious” that her family is not doing more to help her. Radar agrees that Amanda and her family don’t talk, but reports that Amanda’s parent have lived in California for some time. In Radar’s version they didn’t move there specifically to be there for her. Whatever is going on, Amanda has headed to NY anyway so it’s not like she has any kind of support system to fall back on – that we know of.

In a way I’m glad that she’s no longer going to be hounded by the paparazzi in LA, they seem to be making the situation worse for her. In another it seems like she truly needs some help and that she’s just trying to avoid it. If her family isn’t helping her in LA, I get the sense they’re not going to even bother now that she’s on the east coast. Plus, it’s not like she’s going to accept any kind of help that isn’t forcible.

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  1. Beatrix says:

    All I’m thinking is that the person who wore this outfit should not be allowed to pursue fashion as a career:

    Same with JSimpson.

  2. Talie says:

    I’m not into the idea of blaming her parents…I hate how we have this tendency to infantilize 20-something stars who are well passed being legal. We don’t know what they’ve went through with her…after all, her fame has never been bigger than in the past month, so a lot probably went down for the past couple years that remained under the radar.

  3. samanthalous says:

    I am not sure about her hair or those fingernails.

  4. V4Real says:

    I know she’s an adult but where are her parents? This girl desperately needs help.

  5. Eve says:

    Amanda Bynes moves to New York, was spotted wandering for hours: very bad idea?

    As long as she’s not driving and risking other people’s lives, I don’t give a f*ck about what she does or her whereabouts.

    • Jeje30 says:

      I so agree she was not driving no ones in danger but now she “needs help” for minding her own damn business walking around chilling. People in the real world call this a stroll but when a celebrity does it its a cry for help ……..NEXT.

    • swack says:

      What I want to know is if these witnesses that spotted her wandering FOR HOURS were following her the entire time? That’s just creepy!!!

  6. dcypher1 says:

    I wonder where she gets money from nowadays havent seen her in anything in a while. How does she finance her lavish lifestyle.makes u wonder if shes making sum side money a la l.lohan.

    • Talie says:

      She made a mint from TV shows, syndication, voice work…plus her parents aren’t Lohans and managed things savvily.

      • Blue says:

        This was exactly what I was going to type. Plus while all her peers were out buying mansions, partying, jet settting everywhere and buying multiple luxury cars she was driving around in a Honda or something like it. She said her dad wouldn’t let her get an expensive car or spend her money foolishly.

  7. Shelly says:

    Well, when I visit NY, I spend hours seemingly walking around aimlessly, too. And I’m not “crazy” or “unbalanced”. There is just a lot to look at and distract you while you’re walking. I think TMZ and Radar may be reaching with that. Although I do think the girl has issues given the other stories I’ve read about her.

    • TheOriginalKitten says:

      Seriously. I wander around aimlessly every time I’m in a big city-I call it “sightseeing”.

    • Kiyoshigirl says:

      I was just going to post the same thing. NYC is the perfect place to roam about aimlessly, so i’m not going to jump on her about that. Maybe it will help her to get away from the madness of LA paps. I’m not sure how much of this is accurate or made up by Hollywood media looking for a Lohan successor. Regardless I don’t think she’s as dumb as Lohan so she’s trying to cut to cut the story off at its knees.

    • Zigggy says:

      Exactly what I was thinking.

  8. bluespirit says:

    is her hair real? or is it a wig?

  9. mln89 says:

    i’m think she has to be suffering from some kind of mental issue. i think she needs help.

    • Miss Lafleur says:

      Absolutely a mental issue…psychotic breaks usually happen about this age (just like Britney :( she may be suffering from. Bipolar or even schizophrenia. Hope she is ok she was a wonderful young actress.

    • Tiffany says:

      Many times a “mental break” and the affects of addiction can appear to be very similar. I could be wrong, but I thought traditionally that mental illness usually turns up a bit earlier (late teens early 20s), and sometimes profound stress can bring it to the surface. If she had mental illness, you would think that filming tv and movies at the same time in her early 20s would be the stresser. Now, she has less stress because she isn’t working.

      I have known many people personally who encountered Bynes while she was drunk/high out of her mind with two drinks in her hands. I think this might be more of a substance thing. Regardless, she needs professional help.

  10. the original bellaluna says:

    For a normal, balanced person, I don’t think walking around NYC for hours is a big deal. But for someone clearly not altogether or “with it,” I think it could be very dangerous.

    Of course, if she starts having conversations with inanimate objects or herself, she won’t be the only one. ;)

    I too find the timing of her move odd, especially since her parents just moved to CA to (allegedly) help her. But I totally understand wanting to get away from the paps in LA.

    If I was famous, you’d be reading about me busting paps on CB!

  11. enya.z says:

    What are you even talking about? What does she need help for? She’s obviously stupid about driving. Other than that, I just see a woman living her life and the media going batshit crazy on her–and then saying that her reactions (TO the batshit crazy media) somehow prove she needs help. Frankly I can’t believe Celebitchy has jumped on that train. For shame.


    • mln89 says:

      idk, i think she needs help because her extremely erratic behavior. i mean she knows her license is suspended, so why would she keep driving her car, getting into accidents and being stopped by the police for all and sundry, until the car was was forcibly taken from her and impounded? and why did several people at her gym say that she appeared to be speaking to inanimate objects and having conversations with herself? along with coming into a gym class just to take off her shirt, apply makeup, and then leave? she just doesn’t seem to be totally lucid.

      • bar world land says:

        ITA, I think she actually needs help and I’m really curious as to why no one is reaching out to this poor girl. I honestly feel bad for her, I think she may genuinely have a mental illness. I can’t laugh at this sort of story. I have no problem laughing at the cracken or other celebutards, but I really can’t help but think this girl really needs some help. :(

  12. hillbillyinthecorner says:

    How did they know what the hell she was doing unless they were following aka stalking her…!
    Leave the woman alone…..
    I have a sneaking suspision that Miss Amanda Bynes is proformaning for the cameras again…..She had more coverage in the last few months then she’s had in years..and Like Lindsay , She likes it…You will see is she keeps accidently doing stuff with the Papz around then that will be tell…
    And this is NYC here she gets picked up they have a place to sent her immediately…What is it call ??? Rickers Island or something ?…they can hold her at least 72 hours for evaluation before she can bail out…and that might just get the ball rolling….

  13. ShanKat says:

    In the recovery community, theycall this “pulling a geograhic”…changing your location, but not necessarily your behavior. It almost never goes well.

  14. Kosmos says:

    Exactly! Wandering is not putting other lives in danger…wander as much as you want, stay off the road.

  15. skuddles says:

    Those who can’t do, design.

    (No offense intended to any legit designers!)

    • TheOriginalKitten says:

      As someone who went to a college of art & design, I can attest that there ARE people that have a unique talent for designing. In college, the designers had to be able to see the project through from inspiration, to conception, to execution. They not only DESIGNED but actually CREATED.

      There used to be a time when the term “designer” actually MEANT something, before the days of some talentless celeb slapping their name on someone else’s work for the purpose of marketing.
      Ugh. It annoys me to no end…..

      • skuddles says:

        I hear you girl… and sincerely no offense intended with my smartassy remark above :) I just find it amusing how so many half baked celebs turn to “design” at some point in their er um “careers”. I imagine Bynes “design career” will be about as successful and long-lived as her “acting career”…

  16. Bluedog says:

    All you commenters who are blaming her parents for not helping should be aware that it is EXTREMELY hard to help a legal adult who doesn’t want help! A doctor would be legally prevented from discussing anything about an illness, treatment, or prognosis without the patient’s express consent. If she’s angry at her parents and unwilling to let them help, then there isn’t a damn thing they can do except pray she gets better or hope she becomes crazy enough to be put on 48 hour hold in a psych ward.

  17. dcypher1 says:

    Syndication ha I dont think any of her shows are in syndication. None of her shows where that good. I still think shes a call girl or sumthing like that. I dont think she has any nickeledeon money anymore.

    • jwoolman says:

      Her sitcom What I Like About You has been in syndication for ages. Her Nickelodeon shows were variety shows and less likely for running years later in the kid market, although Nick is running old Kenan and Kel shows so maybe they’ll pull the variety shows out of the vault some day also. They actually were reasonably well done. I still remember the skit peddling candy that looked like vegetables, to replace veggies at dinner without parental knowledge… Amanda had skills, but it’s a hard transition from kid to adult in the biz.

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  19. Genevieve says:

    I’m glad she moved. LA $ucks for celebrities. I am sick of the paparazzi & I’m not even a celebrity.

  20. Carla says:

    It doesn’t matter what someone’s station is in life, people should have compassion for the mentally ill. This girl obviously has major problems, it’s sad that she can’t go to a new city or have an episode without every detail being reported and splashed all over the news. I don’t envy her at all. I hope she gets the help she needs.

  21. steve in ky says:

    She is saying”STOP!,STOP! taking pictures of me I look awful..I’m high on drugs,i’m ugly”

  22. elle says:

    Her legs look amazing. Besides that somebody needs to take her to the closest asylum possible.