Reports that former child actress Amanda Bynes had gotten her life back on track appear to have been premature.
In 2012, Bynes caused a public scandal when she was arrested for DUI. Following the arrest and a very public meltdown in 2013 that included a shaved head and radical changes in her appearance, Bynes was treated at UCLA Medical Center for schizophrenia and bi-polar disorder and sent to rehab. Earlier this year, photographs emerged of Bynes in more normal, clean-cut clothing and makeup. Those pictures combined with information that Bynes had applied and been accepted to a private fashion school prompted widespread reports that she had reclaimed her life.
Those reports went up in smoke this weekend when Bynes was again arrested for driving under the influence. As TMZ reported, the 28-year-old actress was stopped by California Highway Patrol in the early hours of September 28, after she reportedly parked her Mercedes Benz in an intersection in Sherman Oaks, California. Bynes failed multiple field sobriety tests, and the officers determined that she was under the influence of a controlled substance.
It seems Bynes had taken the stimulant Adderall at some point in the night.
Bynes problems may get worse very quickly. At the time of her arrest, Bynes was still serving a three-year probation for her 2012 DUI arrest and subsequent reckless driving charge.
So what caused Amanda Bynes to go off the rails?
Sources close to the former child actress point to the end of the mandatory conservatorship Bynes was placed under after she set fire to a neighbor’s driveway. Under the terms of the conservatorship granted to her mother Lynn, Bynes lived with her parents. According to RadarOnline, the conservatorship ended a few months ago, and Amanda quickly moved out of her parents home.
Reportedly, Bynes’ parents did not know about their daughter’s arrest until news broke via TMZ. In fact, according to her father, Rick, her parents have had no idea where she’s been or what she’s been doing since the conservatorship ended. Allegedly, Bynes flunked out of the Fashion Institute Design & Merchandising because she stopped attending classes. Reports have also emerged that Bynes has stopped taking medication for her schizophrenia and bi-polar disorder and begin smoking copious amounts of marijuana.
Bynes was charged with a misdemeanor and released on $15,000 bond. She is due back in court on October 23.