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Amanda Bynes' parents to seek conservatorship in court on Friday

There's no joking about mental illness. Let's hope the woman gets the help she needs.

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There's no joking about mental illness. Let's hope the woman gets the help she needs.



Amanda Bynes' parents are headed to court on Friday morning to seek a conservatorship for their daughter after a series of bizarre behavior culminating in a 5150 psychiatric hold after she set a fire in a driveway near their home on Monday.

E! reports the 27-year-old's parents Rick and Lynn will go to a court hearing to ask a judge to temporarily place their daughter's decision-making under their care. You may recall Britney Spears went through a similar process in 2008, and is still under the watchful eye of her dad, Jamie.

No one was injured in the blaze, but witnesses say Bynes' pants caught fire and she appeared "frantic and discombobulated" before police was taken into custody. She was not arrested.

Meanwhile, there was ample evidence emerging before Friday that Bynes was suffering from some sort of mental illness. TMZ reported that doctors said she had "schizophrenic tendencies and was aware "there's a good Amanda and a bad Amanda."

The site said she spent a good 10 hours being a model patient during her psychiatric hold, but then changed completely. She was allegedly yelling about the dog she soaked down in gasoline Monday, saying that her parents couldn't be trusted with the pooch. "They'll kill it, just like they tried to kill me," she reportedly yelled.

Drug tests were negative except for some marijuana, but she had to be kept in a solo room and be restrained during the personality break. The good news is she's not going to be charged for the fire she started in Monday's driveway fire, but she still faces DUI charges in Los Angeles and that bong incident in New York.

[Last modified: Tuesday, July 30, 2013 2:35pm]


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