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Amanda Bynes Hit With New DUI Charge

by Caitlin George

It seems that 28-year-old actress-turned-fashion prodigy Amanda Bynes has landed herself in hot water with the law again. After making it two years into a three-year probation period that was slapped on her due to a reckless driving charge (brought on by a DUI that she received in 2012 and two hit-and-run incidents in which she was involved in 2013), Bynes received another DUI last week. To make matters worse, several eye witnesses spied her drunk and raising a ruckus on the roof of a hotel. One witness reported that the noise was so loud that “you couldn’t miss her.”

Amanda Bynes’ Behavior Boggles

This incident harkens back to last year when Bynes began indulging several odd, destructive behaviors, including numerous run-ins with the law over drug- and alcohol-related incidents, decrying numerous celebrities as “ugly” via her Twitter account, and starting a fire in her neighbors’ driveway. The latter cost her possession of her dog, which was found covered in gasoline that same night. In preparation for her day in court to answer for the original DUI charge, the actress donned a disheveled blonde wig and large black sunglasses, which she was still wearing when she appeared before the judge.

Following the driveway incident, Bynes was detained for 72 hours so that doctors could evaluate her mental stability, over which many fans and media spectators had long speculated. In the end, she was diagnosed with schizophrenia. It was at this time that her parents sought and won a temporary guardianship over her and her affairs. They placed her in a private medical facility for four months, where she underwent treatment and therapy for her condition. Reports regarding her pending mental state that leaked while she remained at the facility sounded favorable, and upon discharge in December of that year, she decided to announce her retirement from acting in favor of starting a career in fashion. She then enrolled in the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising. Several months passed without incident; her parents’ conservatorship over her ended; and it seemed as though the worst had come and passed for the actress. Then, according to her FIDM peers, she stopped attending class near the beginning of the 2014 fall semester. Reports state that the reason behind Bynes’s sudden disappearance is expulsion from the Institute due to marijuana usage on campus and the actress paying other students to do her work for her. Between the expulsion and this latest charge, those who’ve followed the actress fear that she may have relapsed and revert back to her self-destructive behavior.

Bynes first rose to fame in the late 90s on Nickelodeon comedy sketch show “All That.” So charming did audiences find the zany, goofy girl that she eventually received her own show, “The Amanda Show,” and went on to star in the WB sitcom “What I Like About You” as well as several films, including She’s the Man, What A Girl Wants, the 2007 remake of Hairspray, and Easy A.

The actress has posted bail for $15,000.00 and will go to court on October the 23rd concerning the charge.

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