LOS ANGELES (AP) — Actress Amanda Bynes was released Tuesday from a court-appointed conservatorship that placed her life and financial decisions under the control of her parents for nearly nine years.
Ventura County Superior Court Judge Roger Lund ended the conservatorship during a hearing in a courtroom in the southern California town of Oxnard, his attorney David said. A. Esquibias.
“The court determines that the guardianship is no longer necessary and that the grounds for establishing a guardianship of the person no longer exist,” Lund wrote in court documents outlining the case before issuing its decision.
Bynes, now 35, rose to fame on two Nickelodeon shows as a teenager, but mental health, addiction and legal issues prompted her parents to seek judicial control through guardianship in 2013.
Lund said this week that Bynes has demonstrated the ability to manage his own affairs, including his mental health and other medical treatment.
Bynes’ conservatorship unfolded and ended far more quietly and less controversially than that of Britney Spears, who fought a long, often bitter and public fight to free herself from a similar arrangement.
Bynes’ parents agreed that the conservatorship should end, and no one else objected to the court’s decision. His mother, Lynn Bynes, had been its curator since its inception nearly nine years ago.
At the time, her parents told the court they were deeply concerned that their daughter, then 27, could have hurt herself or others unless they were allowed to take control of their medical care and finances.
They said Bynes had engaged in disturbing behavior and was convinced she was being watched through smoke detectors and the dashboard of her car. Her parents feared that she would also plan unnecessary and dangerous cosmetic surgeries.
In the year before the conservatorship was put in place, Bynes was arrested in New York for throwing a bong of marijuana out of her 36th-floor apartment in Manhattan, and in Los Angeles for driving under the influence, misdemeanor absconding and driving on probation. Licence. Her parents said she also set fire to the driveway of a house in the Los Angeles suburb of Thousand Oaks where she grew up.
Bynes was 13 when she landed her own hit variety show, “The Amanda Show” on Nickelodeon and also appeared on the network’s sketch series “All That.” She then starred in the television series “What I Like About You” and in films, including “What a Girl Wants”, “Hairspray” and “She’s the Man”.
She hasn’t acted since Emma Stone’s 2010 film “Easy A” and has publicly stated that she has retired.
Bynes has stated in interviews that she has been sober for several years and studies at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles.
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