Amanda Bynes appeared in a criminal court on Friday disheveled in a long blond wig and sweats where she was charged with reckless endangerment after police said she threw a mar***ana b**g out of her Manhattan apartment building.
Amanda Bynes, 27, was arrested Thursday evening, after building officials at her midtown apartment called police to complain she was rolling a j**nt and smoking p*t in the lobby.
Two shocking mug shots have since emerged of Amanda Bynes.
The former child star initially posed for a booking photo in her platinum blonde wig but was later forced to remove it – and reveal her shaved head – for her official police picture.
Amanda Bynes scowled in both frames and appeared to have heavy bags under her eyes. She announced she shaved half her head in April, claiming a hair stylist “fried” with bleach. It’s unclear exactly when she cut off the rest of her long locks.
The officers went to Amanda Bynes’ apartment on the 36th floor where they said they saw heavy smoke and a b**g sitting on the kitchen counter. They said Amanda Bynes tossed the b**g out the window in front of them, prosecutors said.
An incident report quotes the officer as saying: “I observed [Amanda Bynes] grab said b**g, run to the westbound-facing window, and throw it out the window where numerous pedestrians were walking on the 8 Avenue and West 47 Street sidewalks below.”
Amanda Bynes then said to police: “It was just a vase,” according to Manhattan assistant district attorney Chikaelo Ibeabuchi.
She called authorities herself during the dramatic arrest, sources tell In Touch magazine.
Amanda Bynes shaved head mugshots was revealed as she appeared in court for reckless endangerment
“She called 911, saying cops were going to assault her,” an insider told the publication.
Amanda Bynes’ attorney for the arraignment Andrew Friedman told the court: “My client completely denies illegally throwing anything out of her window.”
Andrew Friedman claims Amanda Bynes was illegally followed into her apartment by police.
The judge released Amanda Bynes on her own recognizance and gave her a July 9 court date.
Thursday, Amanda Bynes was held overnight at a police precinct. She pulled up to court Friday morning in a squad car where she was greeted by a crush of media. She was also charged with attempted tampering with evidence and unlawful possession of mar***ana, all misdemeanors.
“I don’t want any photos. No press are allowed in here,” Amanda Bynes announced to the public courtroom.
Her lawyer said Amanda Bynes had no record in New York, but the judge noted she had several out-of-state cases. In California in December, Amanda Bynes resolved a misdemeanor hit-and-run case after entering into a civil settlement with other drivers.
Also in California, Amanda Bynes was charged last fall with driving on a suspended license after it was temporarily taken away from her after two hit-and-run cases where she was accused of leaving the scene without providing proper information. She has also pleaded not guilty to drunken driving in a separate case.
In releasing her, Chief New York County Judge Neil Ross gave Amanda Bynes a stern warning not to make trouble or miss any court dates.
“I do want to make sure you understand,” he said.
“If you get arrested again … I’m going to be setting very, very significant bail.”
“OK,” Amanda Bynes replied.
“You’re in a very, very challenging situation right now,” the judge said.
Assistant district attorney Chikaelo Ibeabuchi had asked for $1,000 bail. He said no b**g was recovered from the street below – a sign, her attorney said, that Amanda Bynes was telling the truth.
“There was nothing recovered from the sidewalk, clearly a search was made for the bag,” said Andrew Friedman of the New York County Defender Services. He said Amanda Bynes was followed illegally into her apartment and has made a complaint about police wrongfully entering.
As the judge dispensed with her case, Amanda Bynes said: “Thank you sir, have a nice day.”
Amanda Bynes then got into a waiting yellow cab ringed with photographers and TV cameras and left.
The former Nickelodeon star has been exhibiting erratic behavior of late with some eyebrow-raising public outings and online postings.
The full extent of Amanda Bynes’s troubled world has been revealed after the child star opened up the doors to her Manhattan apartment for an impromptu house party last month.
Two men, including a photographer by the name of Giovanni Arnold and another who would go only go by the name of “Joe”, claim to In Touch magazine that they witnessed Amanda Bynes smoking marijuana as she sat on top of a bare mattress in her bedroom.
The action took place inside Amanda Bynes’ New York abode, which they describe as “filthy”, littered with rubbish and take-out containers and with windows that have been blacked out with spray paint.
They also claim and presented photographs of what appeared to be empty baggies strewn on the floor.
“W**d was everywhere,” Giovanni Arnold told the magazine.
“On the bed, all over the floor.”
“She probably gets so high that sometimes she won’t even leave her house,” he added.
“One minute she’s cool and down-to-earth,” Joe added to the magazine.
“The next, she’s totally different – indecisive and she can’t hold a conversation. Mentally, she is all over the place.”
The full extent of Amanda Bynes’s troubled world has been revealed after she opened up the doors to her Manhattan apartment for an impromptu house party last month
In the photographs from In Touch, Amanda Bynes is seen sprawled out on her bed, seemingly out of it with a pair of sunglasses covering her eyes.
In one snap she has a half burnt roll up in her mouth and her bare feet are covered in nasty cuts and bruises.
In the same image an empty plastic baggie sits in the corner next to her spiked Christian Louboutin shoes.
“She’ll smoke a j**nt halfway and then put it out and light a new one. Then she’ll relight the half,” Joe told the magazine.
The two men said they witnessed Amanda Bynes on several outings with the pre-rolled j***ts and claimed that she had a stockpile of the drug in her apartment.
The pair also claimed that they saw her do cocaine during their time in the apartment.
But when questioned by In Touch about the alleged d**g use, Amanda Bynes strenuously denied their story.
“They’re the ones into d**gs, so they bring drugs, but I don’t do them,” she said.
Giovanni Arnold and Joe told the magazine that Amanda Bynes’ living conditions were poor, with her house virtually unfurnished.
“Her living room is basically empty: She has two big purple chairs and a little dining room table, that’s it,” Joe said.
The photographer said that while there is one blind on the window, the rest are half spray painted black.
“It’s almost like she couldn’t bother to get more blinds,” Giovanni Arnold said.
During their night at Amanda Bynes’, the actress also reportedly obsessed about her weight.
“You can tell that she craves attention, but at the same time, it makes her feel uncomfortable because she is so uncomfortable about her appearance,” Joe told the magazine.
“She talks about losing weight constantly – she’s fixated. As weird as she is, she’s still very Hollywood: demanding and obsessed with how she looks.”
According to several past reports, Amanda Bynes’ parents have tried desperately to reach out to their daughter but to no avail.
Close friends say that they fear for the actress who has completely lost touch with the outside world.
Celebrity blogger Perez Hilton, who knew Amanda Bynes before she started with her erratic behavior last year, described the situation as “frightening”.
“She is a totally different person now,” he told the magazine.
“She’s effectively isolated herself from her family, friends and loved ones. Her life must be incredibly lonely, confusing and frightening right now.”