Amanda Bynes’ 5150 hold extended 2 weeks, Sam Lutfi has befriended her


Amanda Bynes’ 5150 psychiatric hold was extended from 72 hours to 2 weeks following a hearing at her psychiatric facility yesterday. This will give her parents more time to seek a conservatorship over her. Amanda’s parents, Rick and Lynn, have a court date this morning at 8:30 Pacific time to apply for a temporary conservatorship, arguing that Amanda can no longer care for herself and that she exhibits schizophrenic tendencies. Radar reports that only Amanda’s mother, Lynn, will apply as conservator.

In a disturbing twist to this story, Sam Lutfi, the man who was force-feeding pills to Britney Spears prior to her breakdown, has been in contact with Amanda and is thought to be trying to influence her.

Amanda Bynes‘ mother has formally filed court documents to become her temporary conservator, and the petition will be heard by a judge on Friday, RadarOnline.com is exclusively reporting.

Moments before the docs were filed, it was determined that Amanda’s mother, Lynn Bynes, would be the only person applying for the conservatorship. Amanda’s father Rick, wasn’t included…

Lynn is seeking to control her daughter’s personal and financial affairs after she was placed on a 5150 involuntary psychiatric. Amanda started a fire in a driveway, dousing her dog with gasoline, and burning her pants. Authorities responded, asked her questions and put her on a 5150 hold.

Behind the scenes, the lawyers “were able to get the judge to agree to hear the matter on Friday because of the urgency of Amanda’s situation,” a family source tells Radar. “Typically, conservatorships are only heard in Ventura County on Tuesdays, but Arminak and Reider persuaded the judge to hear the matter before then.

“Amanda’s parents are truly afraid their daughter will die if the conservatorship isn’t granted.”

As RadarOnline.com exclusively reported, Britney Spears controversial former manager, Sam Lutfi, has befriended the troubled starlet, and bought Bynes a plane ticket to return to Los Angeles from New York City.

In a bizarre turn that is eerily similar to events leading up to Britney Spears being placed under a conservatorship, Lutfi and Bynes recently became friends.

“Sam bought Amanda the plane ticket for her to return to Los Angeles from New York City,” a source revealed. “The two became friends in recent months.

“It’s very concerning to say the very least, given Sam’s history with Britney Spears leading up to her father, Jamie Spears, getting a conservatorship over his daughter, and getting a restraining order preventing Lutfi from having any contact with her.”

Lutfi denied to RadarOnline that he bought Bynes’ plane ticket. But when pressed harder and also asked about his friendship with Amanda, he said, “I have to call you back” and hung up abruptly.

[From Radar Online]

The Lutfi guy is a user and abuser of the worst order. If you’d like more background on the guy, I suggest reading this declaration from Britney Spears’ mom, Lynn, about events prior to Britney’s breakdown. Lutfi seized Britney’s cell phones, disabled her cars, and admitted to mashing up prescription medication and putting it in her food. Lynn Spears even suspected that Lutfi tried to drug her by slipping something into her wine.

I’m not suggesting that Lutfi is behind Amanda’s problems by any stretch, just that it’s very suspicious that he’s trying to latch on to her when she’s going through such public issues. Her parents would do well to step in quickly to try to help her.

Radar has another story detailing Bynes’ longstanding Adderall addiction, which is something she has in common with Lindsay Lohan. Adderall is a stimulant and the FDA warns that it can cause psychosis and mania in young people, even in normal doses. Whatever is going on with Amanda, it’s a good thing she’s finally getting the help she so obviously needs.

Oh and Amanda’s Pomeranian, the dog who was accidentally doused in gasoline when Amanda set fire to that driveway, is being cared for by her parents.

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  1. Launicaangelina says:

    I hope the conservatorship goes through and she gets well. How the Hell does Sam Lufti keep weiseling into these celebs lives?!

  2. Buckwild says:

    That Sam Lufti guy makes me sick. I can’t believe he’s popped up again! He’s so exploitative and disgusting.

    • Sabrine says:

      So Sam “Rasputin” Lufti has reared his opportunistic head again! He sees a chance to con money out of a vulnerable, mentally ill individual and get his hands on her bank accounts. Probably time for a restraining order against this predator.

    • Kitten Mittens says:

      I honestly thought he was found dead from an OD ages ago and it just wasn’t covered because he’s just a terrible person.

  3. e.non says:

    she needs to be left alone; and her personal medical information should remain private … but, of course, that’s already been shattered.

    hopefully, she’ll receive the care and treatment she needs without the mockery and guffaws she’s been subjected to for the past several months.

    yeah… right.

    • springingforward says:

      I think it has been clear for a long time that Amanda is in need of help to deal with mental health issues and hasn’t been doing this for attention; I hope only the best for her.

    • emmie_a says:

      I agree. I’m happy she’s getting proper medical attention — but geez, does TMZ have to release details about her illness?? Doesn’t she deserve some level of privacy, especially in regards to her mental health??

      • KatieD says:

        This! Although it’s TMZ so I wouldn’t be surprised if they were pulling some of this out of their asses…after all, they did tell us that Lil Wayne was brain dead and within hours of death a couple of months ago. Lol. TMZ needs to go away, permanently. So obnoxious and irrelevant.

    • Ok says:

      E.non — when someone in the entertainment industry ( or formerly in the industry) is behaving strangely and making a specticle of themselves, you can’t really shame everyone into not looking.

      Her behavior has been outrageous and she is obvious need of professional help. But when you are on twitter and tossing stuff out 4 story windows onto the street — people are gonna look.

      My heart goes out to her because she always struck me as so sweet and cute and likable. I am not a doctor but I am wondering if this is one of the borderline disorders like schizophrenia starting to rear it ugly head :(

      Mommy and daddy were not exactly being proactive in getting her help when her worrisome behavior began to surface. I districtly remember a few whopper quotes from the father insisting that the public was a bunch of morons for thinking anything was wrong with his daughter.

      It has to be hell to watch your adult daughter struggling with mental illness. I hope that she is cooperative and does respond to treatment. Because how she has been living is no life at all. Poor thing.

      • Kim1 says:

        Well her mommy and daddy aren’t the first parents to be in denial about their children’s addictions.We all can’t have perfect parents like you

    • F5 says:

      did you see

      http://thestir.cafemom.com/entertainment/158847/ashley_benson_imitates_amanda_bynes

      Ashley Benson Imitates Amanda Bynes in Shockingly Poor-Timed Photo

      • Kim1 says:

        Ashley did not know Amanda was in the hospital many people have mocked Amanda over the last year.

  4. Celeste says:

    Holy crap, this Lufti guy is a predator. Scary.

    • Belle Epoch says:

      This. I can’t believe he’s doing it AGAIN! What a truly bizarre (and shameful) existence – exploiting mentally ill celebrities who have money. What a creeper!

    • Nicolette says:

      He’s like a vulture circling it’s prey.

  5. Lucy2 says:

    I hope this gives doctors a chance to stabilize her a bit, and her parents to do what they need to protect her.
    Lutfi is a sick predator who probably belongs in jail.

  6. NorthernGirl_20 says:

    This whole story makes me sad. It’s obvious that she is very mentally ill and I hope that her parents are able to help her. The poor girl needs help for sure – I’m glad she finally got the 5150 hold and that she didn’t severely hurt herself or anyone else.

  7. DanaG says:

    I am glad Amanda is getting help even if she doesn’t think she needs it a couple of weeks should hopefully help her come back to reality. I am glad the dog is ok I was a little worried. I think Sam Lufti can smell a victim a mile away and the quicker her parents can look after her business dealings etc the better.

  8. Samtha says:

    Lufti is a leach and an opportunist of the worst kind. Disgusting.

  9. paranormalgirl says:

    Good, she’s now in the 5250 hold phase. After this, she can still be held for 30 days under California WIC 5270.15

    • JibberJabber says:

      I was about to post this, too, 5250! I used to work in this legal field and I always want to correct the legal minutiae in the articles. And the cert hearing isn’t really before a judge in the black-robe/courtroom sense, it’s usually something less formal before a hearing officer at the locked inpatient facility.

      • paranormalgirl says:

        Yes, the hearing is basically a doctor stating for the court officer that the patient is in need of further treatment and why. And it’s usually in a conference room at the hospital.

  10. Izzy says:

    Once the conservatorship is granted – and I really hope it is – her mother needs to file for a permanent restraining order against Lutfi. What a creep. I’m glad another reporter called him out on it.

  11. blue marie says:

    that dude Lufti is such a bottom feeder..

    I hope she gets the help she needs..

  12. eliza says:

    Shouldn’t that creepy Lufti be rotting in a jail cell somewhere? He is a disgusting piece of trash with no value to this world at all.

    • Emily C. says:

      That’s what I was thinking. Drugging someone without their knowledge or consent isn’t legal. There must be other evidence to get him locked away too — fraud for starters.

  13. JL says:

    Psychopath Luffi should be in an institution for the criminally insane. It takes a special deviant mind to use and abuse women (or men) at their lowest point.

  14. grabbyhands says:

    If her folks get a conservatorship, one of the first things they should do is cut this bloodsucker out of her life. That leech is like a shark circling a drowning person.

  15. G says:

    He’s a mind control handler. Research it.

  16. Kiddo says:

    I thought the Sam Lufti part was a joke.
    What a predator. Imagine all the Luftis out there who prey on people like Amanda who aren’t in the public eye.

  17. SamiHami says:

    How evil one must be to prey on the mentally ill. I generally don’t believe in heaven or hell, but but if I’m wrong, I hope he burns.

  18. dcypher1 says:

    I’m glad Amanda’s finally getting help its about time. In particular I’m glad the dog is ok I was worried about her poor innocent dog. Poor thing is probably being better cared for now then when it was with Amanda.

  19. Asdfg says:

    Has anyone else heard that Amanda’s parents want her released into their care? This sounds like denial in my opinion. :(

    Reading about her behaviour in the hospital:

    http://www.tmz.com/2013/07/25/amanda-bynes-psychiatric-hospital-5150-schizophrenia-mental-illness/

    A 2 weeks 5250 hold could be good for her. It would give Doctors a chance to better understand her and diagnose her, right? So why are her parent’s trying to get her released?

    • Lisanne says:

      A psychiatric hold is no day at the beach, and is often traumatizing. Her parents may not be able to handle/help her, but I can’t blame them for trying.

    • Kate says:

      My guess is to keep people from leaking her confidentials to the press. They have the resources to get house calls.

    • Mich says:

      I doubt that is true. They have gone to court to apply for conservatorship for when she is eventually released from the hospital. I don’t think they are in denial at all. They seem to understand that she needs round the clock care. How painful this must be for them.

      While fascinating, it is totally appalling that TMZ is running with information about what is happening in the hospital :-(

      • claire says:

        It seems like someone is breaking the law at that hospital for TMZ to be getting this medical information about her.

    • Asdfg says:

      Sorry, I must have misread the article posted on DailyMail. They are asking for her to be released into their care AFTER Amanda is finished with the 2 week evaluation.

  20. Murphy says:

    I was wondering why Lutfi hadn’t pounced on her MONTHS ago. She’s perfect for him.

  21. ParisPucker says:

    WHAT?!?! Sam Lufti IS LUCIFER. Good lord, I hope there are people on the lookout protecting her!! He is so disgusting and seriously the devil incarnate. How can you prey on the mentally ill like that?!? I hope they find a reason to put him behind bars..

  22. nc_magnolia says:

    Dude, this is the scariest news I’ve heard by FAR.

    Sam Lufti is a straight up bottom feeder. User, grifter, POS. Does he ever befriend rich people who are not experiencing the onset of mental illness? Super-bad news.

    Also, mental illness or not, I will still have a hard time ever forgiving Amanda for treating her poor, adorable dog like a charcoal briquet. *tears*

    • Emily C. says:

      I’m wondering how much he has to do with the onset of people’s mental illness. Slipping people drugs can do that.

    • bluhare says:

      I don’t think she meant to, nc. She tried to rinse him off, and reading the TMZ article she was worried about him in the hospital.

      I’m glad she’s getting help and I hope that her parents are doing this for the right reasons. You always read horrible things about parents of child actors. I hope these two are different.

      • nc_magnolia says:

        bluhare, I’m sure she didn’t.

        However, if anyone ever wants to kill me, hurt one of my three dogs. Also, hubby is in a perpetual state of hard eye-roll at the number of rescue dogs (abandoned wildlife, etc.) that flow through our house. Animals are my Achilles heel.

        I do believe she’s sick. I just don’t think pets need to be part of her life until she recovers and is monitored. I think of the pictures of her dog and, just….*whimper*

        I, too, hope her parents are legit.

  23. TQB says:

    Lufti is around AND her mother’s name is Lynn? Very creepy.

  24. janie says:

    I just hope she finally gets the help she needs. What an awful thing to have an adult child flip out and not be able to do anything because they’re an adult. Wish them all success.

  25. UsedToBeLulu says:

    How can Lufti ‘befriend’ her if she is on a 5250 hold? I don’t think she even has her phone.

    I’m glad she is being held longer. I hope for the best for her.

  26. I Choose Me says:

    I don’t usually advocate violence but I find myself wishing bodily harm on Sam Lutfi. Cripes what a slimeball.

    I hope Amanda can finally get the help she needs and I’m relieved that sweet little dog is okay.

  27. Ginger says:

    I had a feeling that she was schizophrenic just judging by her recent bizarre public behavior. I’m glad to hear that she’s FINALLY getting the help she so obviously needs. She’s so young and vulnerable so it’s awful to think that that world class a-hole predator Lufti has been in contact with Amanda. I hope that the courts grant her parents the conservatorship. How exactly does TMZ get personal medical information anyway? That is completely against the law. Someone should look into it and go after them if indeed they broke the law.

  28. Eleonor says:

    But after the trial with Britney Lufti wasn’t ordered to go away from US? Or stuff like that, I don’t remember well.

    • jwoolman says:

      Lufti can’t be sent away from the US- we’re stuck with him. He’s a California boy, born and bred. His parents were/are pretty well off, I think.

      He gets his hooks into the non-famous also. I recall something about a guy (who was suing him?) who he latched onto before Britney Spears.

  29. garvels says:

    I really wish papparazzi like TMZ would stop hounding this poor girl. From what I read,she is not a raging substance abuser, so there is something seriously wrong from a mental health aspect. The parents should also file a restraining order against Lufti. This guy is the devil.

    She was such a talented,beautiful teen actress with so much promise, and it is so sad to see how her life is spiraling out of control. I hope she has a stable support system to help her through this traumatic episode in her life.

  30. KatieD says:

    I watched an interview that she gave 3-4 yrs ago in which they actually complimented her on being a child star who turned out well- stable, respectable, not out partying and drinking like some of her peers. The interviewer then asked her how she had managed to stay so grounded, and she just told him that she wasn’t interested in that lifestyle, had a loving family, and had other things going for her. She REALLY had it together at this time (at least by all appearances), so I have to wonder if there was some major event in her life that sparked all of this behavior/ possible substance abuse…? Thoughts?

  31. Jen says:

    poor girl. schizophrenia usually appears in mid twenties – early thirties. it can lay dormant and be triggered by other drugs or trauma. being mentally ill myself, that diagnosis is the scariest thing to me. Once I turn 35 I’ll relax. What concerns me about Amanda is that she is exhibiting violent tendencies at such an early onset. The ultimate diagnosis will not lead to an easy life. so many people do drugs in their youth, not realizing that this is a very realistic outcome. Advocacy, education and the fight against stigma would do wonders for our youth today. Unfortunately, it is still brushed under the table. I won’t even comment about Lufti. I sincerely hope Amanda gets the help she needs. I don’t even have parents that can or will help me and I’m 30.

  32. WhatWHAT!? says:

    Okay, so I used to take adderall. ADHD. I was prescribed the medication and on some level I miss it (off it for 3 years) mainly because it kept my weight under control. Oh and focus, the focus was nice.

    What I don’t miss were the periods of time that I was pretty sure I was going crazy or had too much medication in my system. I remember vividly a night that I was laying in bed and had the sudden terrifying thought that I was about to completely go out of my mind. I rushed from the bedroom and told my husband to talk to me and for the next hour because I needed something to pin me down and keep me from floating away.

    Adderall is NOT safe and a lot of women who become dependent on it are in for the weight issue. I think many of lindsay lohans problems are because of eating disorders and depending on substances to stay thin, same with bynes.

    • UsedToBeLulu says:

      Yes, I agree. It sounds like you had a panic attack. Whether it was brought on by too much Adderall I don’t know. I suffer from panic/anxiety, but I find it is helped by my Ritalin. But I’m sure if I took to much of it, it might bring one on.

  33. Jen says:

    @Whatwhat: that sounds like a panic attack to me. I’ve had them

  34. Twez says:

    Adderall is the least of this woman’s problems.

  35. m says:

    I hope she comes out on top when all is said and done. Wishing her the best!

  36. Moi says:

    I feel more emotional about this situation than I have say, BS or LL, which is sh-tty of me. I hope all parties are heatlhy and happy. However, I have always really really liked and enjoyed AB. This girl has talent and is a great comedian. I feel that it would be such a loss (for us selfish ones that like actual talent and want good talent) to not to see her in movies and/or tv in the future. It makes me so sad that she is not happy and struggling with all of this. But as long as she gets healthy again, I would be totally Okay with AB not being in the entertainment industry. Just get better girl and know that there are folks out there rooting for you. ❤

  37. Original Bee says:

    I really hope Amanda gets the help she needs. She’s clearly very troubled and has some mental and possible substance abuse issues. Good luck to her and her family.