Amanda Bynes Hospitalized For Mental Illness After Bizarre Fire; Police Order Psychiatric Evaluation Under 5150 Hold [VIDEO & REPORT]

By Beth Roeser July 23, 2013 1:52 PM EDT
Amanda Bynes has been hospitalized on a 5150 hold in California! (Photo: Reuters)
Amanda Bynes has been hospitalized on a 5150 hold in California! (Photo: Reuters)

Is Amanda Bynes finally getting mental help? The former actress has finally been hauled in and hospitalized for a psychiatric evaluation after getting hit with a 5150 hold in California, which authorizes involuntary hospitalization for up to 72 hours of individuals who appear to be, "as a result of mental disorder, a danger to others, or to himself or herself, or gravely disabled."

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"Amanda Bynes was involved in a disturbance in a residential neighborhood last night in Thousand Oaks in the 200-block of Avenida De Los Arboles," the sheriff's office said in a statement. "Deputies investigated the incident and determined that she met the criteria of a 5150 ... She was detained and taken for a mental health evaluation."

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So what did Bynes do this time? And what bad behavior could top throwing a bong out of a 36th floor window in Manhattan, or calling a Ritz-Carlton desk clerk "ugly" until she cried? Well, the troubled former child star started a fire in the driveway of a home outside of Los Angeles.

Bynes was reportedly found standing in a stranger's driveway next to a small fire, carrying a "little red gas tank." The elderly owner of the home told TMZ she had no idea what was going on until cops knocked on her front door and alerted her to what had happened. Adding another disturbing detail, cops reportedly told the homeowner that Bynes had burned part of her clothing.

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Amanda Bynes' 5150 was issued after sheriff's deputies arrived to question the actress about what she was doing, and why. Based on their answers, it was determined that Bynes needed to be committed on a 5150 hold. Shocking photos published by TMZ show Bynes hours before the hospitalization, shopping at Bloomingdales in Santa Montica wearing a ratty blonde wig, large sunglasses, and an oversized cotton t-shirt.

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Before Bynes started the fire in the poor old woman's driveway, she had already stirred up some trouble in the neighborhood Sunday when she was caught allegedly trespassing in a retirement community nearby. Bynes, 27, appeared at the elderly village near her home in Calabasas, where management thought she seemed drunk and turned her away. They called a cab for Bynes, but when she told the driver she didn't have any money, he kicked her out of the car, too.

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Bynes left New York City with a bang last week after she was kicked out of the Ritz-Carlton for constantly smoking weed and terrorizing staff members. "Amanda was unspeakably rude to the hotel staff," a source told TMZ, "telling the front desk girl she was 'too ugly' to check her in. Amanda then offered her plastic surgeon's services to the desk girl in question."

Amanda Bynes' bizarre behavior over the past several months has provided loads of gossip fodder, and the possibility that the actress is suffering the onset of some mental illness has been frequently discussed. Let's hope California's 5150 law gives Bynes a chance to get the help she needs.

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