All childhood stars who grow up to become sought-after celebrities are entitled to have a breakdown or twelve involving legal drama. It happened most recently to the once-luminary leading lady Lindsay Lohan, and it happened to Britney Spears, the preeminent princess of pop, before her. These women were entitled to their meltdowns, and they both earned them the hard way: by bolting breast implants, the gateway drug of choice for young celebutantes, to their chests. Things all went down hill from there.
When lesser stars get into trouble with the law, the world watches, if only to point and share a laugh at their expense. Exhibit A: Amanda Bynes. In the past year or so, the fading star’s legal infractions have been outnumbered only by the number of times a plastic surgeon has put her on the table. Most recently, Bynes was hospitalized under a 5150 mental health evaluation hold, and her assets were placed under a conservatorship by a California court in her mother’s name.
Today, we’ve got the latest news on Amanda Bynes and her never-ending courthouse kookiness. Let’s check out the latest Hollywood legal gossip…
Back in April 2012, Bynes was arrested on a DUI charge after allegedly side-swiping a police car. Now that the former Nickelodeon star has been locked up in a looney bin for a few months, her lawyer, Richard Hutton, opted to pull the good old “my client is out of her goddamn mind” card out of his pocket.
Hutton thinks his client may be unfit to stand trial. The Ministry of Gossip blog of the L.A. Times has more:
At the request of her attorney, Amanda Bynes’ drunken driving case will be referred to a mental-health court, a judge decided Tuesday.
The troubled actress did not appear in court, but her lawyer argued that Bynes was not capable of understanding the proceedings, according to TMZ, which first reported the news.
“The mental health court will examine Bynes and determine her competency to stand trial,” attorney Richard Hutton told E! News.
With all due respect, Mr. Hutton, your client has offered her expert legal insights in the past. We certainly hope the mental health court deems Amanda Bynes and her superior legal mind competent to stand trial.
Amanda Bynes: She’s Mentally Unfit To Stand Trial [TMZ]
Amanda Bynes’ DUI case moved to mental-health court [Ministry of Gossip / Los Angeles Times]
Amanda Bynes’ drunk driving case moved to mental health court [Reuters]