Amanda Bynes Found Naked & Alone In Downtown Los Angeles, Placed On Psychiatric Hold

The former child star reportedly waved a passing car down, explaining to them that she was coming down from a psychotic episode.

BYHayley Hynes
Amanda Bynes Found Naked & Alone In Downtown Los Angeles, Placed On Psychiatric Hold

Throughout the '90s and 2000s, Amanda Bynes was one of the most beloved young women working in TV and film. She got her start thanks to programs like The Amanda Show and All That. However, it was her work on films like What a Girl Wants and She's the Man that really catapulted her toward the heights of contemporaries like Lindsay Lohan. Arguably her biggest role came in 2007 with Hairspray, though she also appeared in Sydney White and Easy A afterward. Unfortunately for fans, the 36-year-old's acting resume hasn't grown since 2010.

More recent years have found her enduring serious mental health struggles while navigating toxic relationships. Much like Britney Spears, she was placed under a nine-year-long conservatorship by her mother after receiving a bipolar diagnosis. That arrangement was finally terminated in 2022. As TMZ notes, Bynes appeared to be making progress and doing better in wake of the legal arrangement ending. Unfortunately, her latest antics are undeniably causing serious concern.

Amanda Bynes' Mental Health Struggles Sadly Continue

Amanda Bynes during The Museum Of Television & Radio To Honor CBS News's Dan Rather And Friends Producing Team at The Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA, United States. (Photo by Chris Polk/FilmMagic)

On Sunday (March 19) morning, the former child star was seen wandering through downtown Los Angeles. This in itself isn't abnormal, though the fact that Bynes wasn't wearing any clothing is certainly raising eyebrows. She reportedly waved down a passing car, informing the driver that she was coming down from a psychotic episode. Afterward, 911 was called. Law enforcement sources say the actress was taken to a nearby station, where the mental health team on site determined a 5150 psych hold was the appropriate way to handle the situation.

The California native reportedly remains unharmed after her nude adventure – apparently a very lucky thing considering the area of LA she was found in. A source close to Amanda Bynes says that she remains in the hospital at this time, and will likely remain there for several days. Typical psychiatric holds last 72 hours, though that time period can be extended depending on the circumstances. Make sure to keep her in your thoughts, and check back later for more pop culture news updates.


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Hayley Hynes is the Weekend Managing Editor of HotNewHipHop, and has been since 2021. She began writing for the website that same year, primarily covering content in the Music, Pop Culture, and Streetwear niches after graduating from Vancouver’s Blanche Macdonald Centre with a Fashion Marketing Diploma. She previously reported on Travel, Entertainment, Beauty, and News at Narcity Canada for over three years. Hayley has also contributed articles and interviews within these realms to Folklr Magazine and the Calgary Journal while studying Journalism at Mount Royal University. In her spare time, she freelances for Bandbox Vinyl, having already interviewed hip-hop icons like Atmosphere and explored Syd’s discography. Hayley also uses her expansive pop culture knowledge and passion for astrology/self-enhancement to help others explore their curiosity in an ongoing Instagram video series. Among her favourite hip-hop artists are A$AP Rocky, Drake, Kendrick Lamar, Nicki Minaj, and Mac Miller.