Amanda Bynes' parents are jumping into action this week after Bynes was placed under psychiatric hold at an LA hospital earlier this week following an incident where she started a fire on a residential driveway in the Valley. According to TMZ, Bynes' parents, Rick and Lynn, filed an official request with an LA country judge to have a temporary conservatorship placed on Bynes, similar to the arrangement singer Britney Spears has with her father following her 2008 breakdown.
The legal documents, which were obtained by TMZ, detail Rick and Lynn's belief that Bynes is a substance abuser who may be homeless, that she's paranoid, delusional, and draining her bank account at an alarming rate. According to them, Bynes had $4 million in her account, but has blown over $1.2 million in a short amount of time, on what they belief to be massive amounts of marijuana. They are claiming that the incident with the driveway fire is proof that she is a danger to herself and others. From the post:
Amanda's parents filed papers in an attempt to win a temporary conservatorship. In the docs, they say Amanda has become "extremely paranoid about being watched," and she covers smoke alarms with towels and tapes windows shut to prevent cameras from shooting her. [...]
The parents say Amanda doesn't connect with reality, telling them she "cabbed it" from New York to L.A. The parents believe she's homeless.
A judge has reportedly denied their initial request for conservatorship, claiming he wanted more info, and to meet with Bynes one-on-one to determine whether or not she is in the right frame of mind.
TMZ reported earlier in the week that doctors were able to determine that Bynes may be suffering from schizophrenia shortly after meeting with Bynes, and immediately filed a motion to keep her under a 5150 hold for the next two weeks while they evaluate her. Their findings are, to say the least, troubling: In a post published on TMZ yesterday, it was reported that Bynes may have stretches of lucid behavior, followed by manic episodes where she believes a "bad Amanda" takes over. From the post:
We're told she's aware "there's a good Amanda and a bad Amanda." When she talks about the bad Amanda she almost mimics an exorcism, pulling at her body as if to remove the demon, and even biting herself.
We're told yesterday Amanda was lucid for 10 hours -- she was kind, quiet and nice. During that 10 hour period the staff questioned her about the fire she started Monday and her personality changed radically. She got frustrated and "shut down." But she still remained "normal."
After 10 hours of normal, out of nowhere, her eyes widened, she started to grill the staff about her dog (the one she soaked in gasoline). The staff then told her the dog was safe with her parents, and Amanda went nuts, saying "They'll kill it, just like they tried to kill me." This went on for an hour.
Amanda then got incoherent and so out of control she had to be physically restrained.
Amanda has reportedly filed a request to be released from her 5150 hold through her lawyer, and there's set to be a hearing regarding that today at 2 PM in LA. Another hearing regarding Rick and Lynn's request for conservatorship is scheduled for August 9th.