If you were one who thought actress Amanda Bynes’ life was on a bit of a downward spiral, the spiraling picked up speed this weekend, ending with her arrest Thursday night (May 23) in New York. According to a local NBC News affiliate, NBC 4 New York, the former Nickelodeon actress was arrested shortly after complaints were made that sent police to her Midtown apartment. The arrest came just hours after a story of the troubled actress dominated tabloid and Internet headlines that she had been denied flight on a private jet because of lack of proper identification.
The story really isn’t as simple as that. With Amanda Bynes lately, they never seem to be…
Law enforcement sources told NBC 4 that Bynes was arrested when police arrived at her apartment in response to a disorderly conduct call. However, when they arrived, she was seen with a bong. Bynes allegedly threw said bong out her West 47th Street window, prompting her arrest for reckless endangerment.
She was immediately sent to a nearby hospital for psychiatric evaluation but will be processed afterward at a Midtown police station.
The arrest follows the odd events first reported by TMZ earlier on Thursday. It seems that over the weekend (Sunday), Bynes had attempted to catch a flight via private jet out of Teterboro Airport in New Jersey. The pilot, who was checking passenger IDs, discovered she didn’t have one. Bynes explained that her ID had been confiscated due to suspension. She was informed that without a proper government ID, she would not be allowed on the plane — standard TSA regulations.
Bynes’ next move was the classic “Do you know who I am?” gambit. She told the pilot to Google her, reportedly screaming at him, “I’m Amanda Bynes!”
The besieged pilot did extend the 27-year-old Bynes the courtesy of calling the jet company to see if he could get some kind of exemption for the actress. But the company remained firm: Google was moot. No ID; no flight.
TMZ reports that Bynes is denying that the “Google me” incident even occurred.
The arrest occurs, oddly enough, just hours after she posted to Twitter (and first reported by OMG at Yahoo News) how she had to sue a magazine for posting unflattering photos of her in her New York apartment — which they called a “drug den” — during a party escapade.
“That’s not my bed! Those aren’t my toes! My toes are pedicured!” she wrote. “I just did an exclusive interview with intouch last week, now they bought fake altered photos by that ugly black man in the photo or someone who knows him! They used an old shot of me on the cover with a bad angle of my old nose before I had surgery to reshape my profile and to remove the webbing from my eyes. I have to sue because that’s not my apartment, those aren’t my clothes! They morphed photos of my face onto someone’s body to ruin my life! I have to make a big deal of this and sue because that’s not me!”
It goes on for a few more sentences, ending with a stab at the editor of In Touch. “Just assume that I f***ed the boyfriend of the editor of intouch because they f***ing hate me!”
Unfortunately for the one-time child star, getting people to believe her might have been a bit easier had she not tossed a bong out the window just a few hours later.
The issue with what Bynes is implying is a “hit” piece came out this week.
The magazine also issued a statement Thursday denying the photos had been altered in any way.
The “All That” star earlier in the month posted topless photos of herself to the Internet. She’s gone on odd tirades on Twitter, said rapper Jay-Z was ugly, and even made the comment that she wanted rapper Drake to “murder her vagina.”
Along with the now pending charge or charges in New York, Bynes is on a three-year probation period for her suspended license. She also still has a pending DUI charge in Beverly Hills.
In 2006, Amanda Bynes was named one of Teen People magazine’s “25 Hottest Stars Under 25.”