After being committed for a 72-hour psychiatric hold on Friday, October 10, Amanda Bynes is reportedly up for an extended stay of two weeks in a Pasadena hospital. Bynes flew into Los Angeles from New York on Friday and was chauffeured to Las Encinas Hospital, where she was put on 5150 hold. The order is reserved for a person deemed to have mental illness that makes them a danger to themselves or others.
The lawyer of the Bynes family, Tamar Arminak, confirmed to ABC News on Monday, that Bynes’s stay at the hospital will be extended for two weeks. “My clients are very concerned about their daughter. Despite what is being reported, they are doing everything they can to help Amanda,” said Arminak.
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A source told People that Rick and Lynn Bynes, the 28-year-old actor’s parents, are relieved that their daughter is being cared for. “They're happy she's safe and that Amanda is finally getting some help,” said the source.
Meanwhile, the Bynes siblings have spoken about their sister’s accusations on Twitter that their father had abused her when she was a child. “We are disturbed beyond words that Amanda would come up with such a fabrication as a way to avoid getting much needed help or treatment… We absolutely give our full unconditional love and support to our wonderful parents,” said Jillian O’Keefe and Tommy Bynes in a statement coursed through Arminak.
The plan to get Bynes under psychiatric hold reportedly involved the participation of Sam Lutfi, one-time manager of singer Britney Spears. According to TMZ, Lutfi contacted Bynes on last Thursday, and convinced her to fly to Los Angeles to sue her parents. Apparently, Bynes was told that she would first be dropped off at a lawyer’s office before being driven to The London Hotel to confront her parents about the lawsuit. Lutfi’s deception allowed Bynes to be taken to the Pasadena hospital so that she could be placed under psychiatric hold.