A significant question on the minds of everyone who has been following Amanda Bynes's troubles of the past year is, "Where have her parents been through all of this?"
The troubled former actress's recent involuntary 5150 psychiatric hold after setting a fire in a Los Angeles suburb on Monday may just be the excuse they've needed to re-enter their daughter's life and help.
On Tuesday, the 27-year-old's parents, Lynn Organ and Rick Bynes, were photographed leaving the hospital in Southern California where medical professionals are evaluating their daughter. According to the agency that photographed them, Lynn was seen smiling with a medical worker after the visit while Rick appeared more subdued as he walked a few steps in front of his wife.
The Ventura County Sheriff's Office could not confirm whether or not they've spoken to the actress's parents, but rumors are swirling that they're considering putting their daughter under a conservatorship. The situation is much like Britney Spears had with her father following her 5150 hold in January 2008, when he took back control of her life and her finances.
But her past reactions point to that not being something the "Easy A" star is likely going to take too kindly to. Bynes has been documenting her disdain for her parents on Twitter for the past few months, calling them "ugly" and accusing them of stealing money from her. "My mom is ugly and old and desperate for my attention," she wrote on Mother's Day. "Leave me alone my ugly mom!"
Later that month, Bynes concluded a tirade following her May arrest with another diss for the man and woman who raised her. "I'm 27 and don't like when the press talks to my parents," she said. "My parents are almost 70 years old. We are no longer on speaking terms. I would rather them be homeless than live off my money."
“Her parents are absolutely sick with worry about their daughter,” a source told Radar Online. “They are now considering going to a judge and attempting to get a conservatorship of Amanda. They have previously met with lawyers to discuss the possibility of taking legal control of Amanda’s life. It’s a truly devastating situation for Amanda’s parents and their biggest concern is the health and safety of her.”
Following her arrest in May for allegedly throwing a bong out of the window of her apartment in New York City, Radar reported that Bynes's parents were consulting with lawyers to investigate a conservatorship, but were unsuccessful because she hadn't yet met the criteria for them to achieve legal intervention. The site added that her parents were worried that their daughter suffered from schizophrenia. The recent 5150 hold may change all of that.
Radar Online also reports Wednesday that Bynes's 5150 hold could last as long as two weeks, if authorities deem she remains a threat to herself or others. According to the California state definition a 5150 hold can take place, "When any person, as a result of mental disorder, is a danger to others, or to himself or herself, or gravely disabled."
Folks have also wondered who's been caring for Bynes's Pomeranian dog in the light of her recent mental evaluation hold. TMZ obtained surveillance video of Bynes carrying her dog into a liquor store following having set the fire and appearing to rush to a back area to rinse her dog off. The cashier reportedly said that the dog appeared to be covered in gasoline.
No fear though, TMZ later reported that Bynes's dog was safe and claimed by her parents.
In other words, it's an extra reason to be thankful that they're back in the picture!
The Ventura County Sheriff's Office tells omg! that no charges have been filed against Bynes and that they do not know the status of the pooch.
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