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Amanda Bynes placed on a 72-hour psychiatric hold, source says

Last March, a judge terminated Bynes’ personal conservatorship, which the former child star had been in since 2013.
Actress Amanda Bynes attends the BCBG Max Azria Spring 2010 Fashion Show at the Tent during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Bryant Park on September 10, 2009 in New York, New York.
Amanda Bynes in New York, in 2009.Amy Sussman / Getty Images file
/ Source: TODAY

LOS ANGELES — The actor Amanda Bynes has been put on psychiatric hold, a source close to the situation said.

The source said Monday that Bynes, 36, is on a 72-hour hold and added, “She hasn’t been in contact with her family for quite some time.”

Bynes’ longtime attorney said Monday he was not in a position to comment.

A judge terminated Bynes’ conservatorship almost a year ago after her parents, Lynn and Rick Bynes, supported her petition to dissolve the arrangement. Bynes, a former child star, had been in a personal conservatorship since 2013. The conservatorship of her estate was terminated in 2017.

“In the last several years, I have been working hard to improve my health so that I can live and work independently, and I will continue to prioritize my well-being in this next chapter,” Bynes said in a statement through her attorney, David Esquibias, after the ruling in March 2022. “I am excited about my upcoming endeavors — including my fragrance line — and look forward to sharing more when I can.”

At the time, Ventura County Superior Court Judge Roger L. Lund indicated the conservatorship was terminated as evidence presented to the court showed that “grounds for establishment of a conservatorship of the person no longer exist.”

According to court documents filed last year by her attorney, Bynes had been living since 2022 in a “structured community for women,” where she was expected to live an “independent” lifestyle and have regular check-ins with a case manager.

Bynes talked about her substance misuse and being in a “dark” place in a 2018 interview with Paper magazine.

“I got really into my drug usage and it became a really dark, sad world for me,” she said, describing her daily life after she quit acting as “just stuck at home, getting high, watching TV and tweeting.”

“I’ve been sober for almost four years now,” Bynes added, crediting her parents for “really helping me get back on track.”

Bynes was originally expected to attend 90s Con with former “All That” cast members over the weekend, but she canceled.

In an interview with "Entertainment Tonight" at the event, Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell sent a message to Bynes.

“I’ve just been praying for her,” Mitchell said. “We’re just continuing to pray for her on her journey, and it’s answered prayers that she’s doing a lot better.”

The event would have marked Bynes’ first public appearance since her eight-year conservatorship ended.