Amanda Bynes finally surfaced in New York City this weekend after her DUI arrest last weekend in Sherman Oaks, California. Amanda was spotted wandering the streets of the Big Apple sporting a large band-aid on the right cheek of her face. Bynes had last been seen Friday night departing LAX, where before her flight she was allegedly dining alone and talking to herself, according to E! News on Oct. 3.
Now friends and family of Amanda Bynes are fearing for her life since news of her return to New York broke. That city was the scene of a number of Amanda’s infamous meltdowns, including an incident in which she apparently flung a bong out of her apartment window.
Amanda’s brother Tommy, and sister Jillian, are reportedly extremely concerned for her well-being because she won’t return their texts or phone calls, an insider told Radar Online. “They’re afraid she’s going to die there,” the source said.
Bynes, 28, was arrested a number of times over the last two years for various traffic infractions, including an April 2012 DUI in which she sideswiped a police cruiser in West Hollywood. In February of this year, that DUI charge was dismissed in a plea deal.
The details of that deal saw Amanda sentenced to three years probation, and required to attend an alcohol education course. She also had to pay a fine after entering a no-contest plea to reckless driving.
The former Nickelodeon star’s bizarre behavior eventually landed her in an involuntary psychiatric hold. Bynes was also placed under a temporary conservatorship. That court order just recently ended.
Last December, after spending weeks in the hospital for the mental health evaluation, Bynes was in the legal custody of her parents in California. Amanda had been splitting her time between treatment and studying at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising.
At the time it was being reported that Amanda might be suffering from schizophrenia. That diagnosis was never confirmed to the media however.
As for the airport incident Friday, according to an eyewitness, Bynes entered Gladstone’s restaurant solo at around 11 p.m.. Her behavior then took a familiar and bizarre turn.
An eyewitness claims Amanda was alone in a booth normally reserved for large groups with all of her makeup spread out across the table. Bynes was allegedly talking to herself as she applied a ton of makeup.
The source said she would apply some makeup, then look in her compact mirror as she’d make weird pouty faces and say to herself, “OK, that looks fine.” Bynes left after 20 minutes, and was observed walking out with a weird gate described as a pregnant woman power walking.
When the troubled actress was arrested last week for the DUI, officers took notice of her disheveled appearance. That description seems to fit the photos just snapped of her in NY.
Amanda has a rather large bandage on the right cheek of her face, as she smokes a cigarette while walking down the street. Her hair looks a bit ratty and is bleached blonde.
Her appearance is eerily reminiscent of the many paparazzi pics taken of her during her meltdown phase. She also appears to have that same blank stare in the photo.
Last Sunday, Bynes was stopped in her Mercedes-Benz SUV in the middle of an intersection when police came upon her. Following field tests she was arrested for suspicion of DUI. It has been reported that cops suspect she was under the influence of drugs.
Bynes was released on $15,000 bail immediately following her arrest. She was booked, but as of yet has refrained from commenting on her latest legal troubles.