Amanda Bynes' Psychiatric Hold Is Extended Two Weeks After Initial 72 Hours
According to the Bynes' family lawyer who spoke to ABC News, Amanda Bynes' psychiatric hold has been extended for two more weeks. The psychiatric hold was originally only scheduled to last 72 hours, which makes the news eye-opening, but not exactly unexpected. If you recall, Bynes went on a Twitter spree on Friday. She called out magazines for spreading lies about her, tweeted about her impending wedding, and then things took a serious turn when she began to accuse her father of sexual abuse. Bynes' final tweet about the situation took it back, but it's still very disturbing. She wrote: "My dad never did any of those things. The microchip in my brain made me say those things, but he's the one that ordered them to microchip me."
While it is most definitely a good thing that the actress is getting the help she needs, the extended stay is likely indicative of just how serious her issues actually are. Considering her degree of mental instability, it makes it that much more appalling that she was hounded by paparazzi once she landed in Los Angeles, as USA Today explains, especially because she was on her way to get treatment. TMZ has footage of the What I Like About You star saying, "I want to be like Marilyn Monroe one day.... I actually feel like an orphan.... My father should be put in jail for a very long time."
It should be noted that Bynes' family is denying her claims about her father, Rick Bynes, and it appears that the tweets detailing the alleged sexual abuse have since been deleted from the actress' account. While her last tweet claiming her father didn't sexually abuse her and her quote to the TMZ photogs that he should be put in jail are contradictory, it doesn't mean that we should reject Bynes' claims completely. Hopefully, in the next two weeks, Bynes will be able to start receiving the care she needs and the privacy she deserves to do so, and the claims against her father will be looked into and treated accordingly — or cleared up.