Amanda Bynes' lawyer, Gerald Shargel, reportedly told a New York judge the troubled actress will be undergoing psychiatric treatment in California for up to 18 more months. Shargel informed Manhattan Criminal Court Judge Diana Boyar of the troubled star's status Thursday at a hearing in Bynes' bong-throwing case, the New York Post reported.
"She's in a hospital in California. It's uncertain when she will be released. Obviously she is being treated there," the Post reported Shargel said at Thursday's hearing. "We are in touch with the district attorney's office and we hope to resolve this by Dec 5."
In this case, Bynes, 27, is accused of tossing the drug paraphernalia out of a 36th-floor window of her apartment last May. She was charged with tampering with evidence, reckless endangerment and possession of marijuana after the incident. Bynes has been hospitalized for an undisclosed mental illness since July, when the former child star was placed on an involuntary psychiatric hold after she tried to break into a retirement community in her hometown of Thousand Oaks, California.
The following night, she allegedly set a small fire in a driveway, which led to police involvement and her eventual hospitalization.
The bong-tossing incident is not even the only case that Bynes is dealing with right now. In a drunk driving case in California, Bynes' California lawyer Rich Hutton said Tuesday she is mentally unfit to stand trial for a charge related to her April 2012 arrest in Los Angeles. He said the actress currently does not have the mental capacity to understand the legal proceedings. The judge in that case transferred the matter to a mental health court, which will conduct a hearing to determine Bynes' mental competency.
The actress actually once had a bright future ahead of her before the pressures of growing up Hollywood got to her. Amanda is known for her work on TV's "What I Like About You" and "The Amanda Show," as well as in the film "Hairspray", while her most recent major screen credit was a supporting role in 2010's "Easy A". Unfortunately, that once bright career has been overshadowed in recent years by her bizarre Twitter rants and frequent run-ins with the law.
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