Amanda Bynes, who gained fame as a child star, was detained by the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) for a mental health evaluation during the weekend. The 37-year-old actress, known for her roles in shows like “All That,” was detained after a distress call was made to the police.
According to sources familiar with the case, Bynes was referred for evaluation and treatment, following a previous report of being placed on a psychiatric hold. The incident occurred on Saturday morning when the police received a call from a woman in distress. Bynes was then taken to a police station, where she underwent a medical evaluation.
TMZ, a popular celebrity news website, shared photos of Bynes in handcuffs being led by two officers towards one of the police vehicles dispatched to the scene. However, Bynes’ legal representative has not yet responded to requests for comment on the matter.
This is not the first time Bynes has faced mental health challenges. In March, she was reportedly placed on a psychiatric hold after being observed walking naked through downtown Los Angeles. She allegedly flagged down a car and called 911 on herself. Although she was said to have been released in April, there was no official confirmation from her representatives at the time.
Bynes, who gained fame in the late ’90s and early 2000s as a Nickelodeon star, has been candid about her struggles with mental health. In 2014, she shared that she had received a diagnosis of bipolar disorder. She also disclosed her battle with substance abuse during an interview with Paper magazine in 2018.
In 2020, Bynes celebrated one year of sobriety and introduced her on-again, off-again fiancé, Paul Michael. However, in March, Michael claimed that Bynes had stopped taking her medication, raising concerns about her well-being.
Last year, a judge ended Bynes’ nearly nine-year conservatorship, stating that she had the capacity to give informed consent to medical treatment. In a statement to People magazine in March 2022, Bynes expressed her commitment to improving her health and living independently.
Bynes’ recent detention by the LAPD for a mental health evaluation highlights the ongoing challenges she has faced in managing her well-being. It serves as a reminder of the importance of mental health awareness and support, particularly within the entertainment industry. As Bynes navigates this difficult period, many hope that she receives the necessary care and resources to aid in her recovery and well-being.