Amanda Bynes Enters Court Wearing Blonde Wig; Mugshots Revealed
UPDATED: The troubled actress, who was arrested Thursday after tossing a bong out of her apartment window, goes free on Friday. But she's not off the hook just yet.
The morning after her arrest for pot possession, among other charges, Amanda Bynes arrived to a New York city courtroom sporting a blonde wig and sweatpants -- the same ensemble she wore when she was taken into custody Thursday night.
She was released Friday on her own recognizance, without having to post her own bail, but must return to court July 9 regarding her new run-in with the law. According to the New York Daily News, Manhattan Criminal Court Judge Neil Ross warned Bynes -- who faced him wearing just one hot-pink acrylic nail on the middle finger of her left hand -- that if she didn't show up, or were to be arrested again, he would set "very significant bail."
The 27-year-old actress, whose recent erratic behavior has stood in stark contrast to her earlier days as a teen star with a squeaky-clean image, was booked Thursday at the Midtown Precinct North station and charged with reckless endangerment, tampering with evidence and criminal possession of marijuana, The Hollywood Reporter confirms.
As previously reported, police were summoned to her luxury Midtown apartment building after being tipped off by a doorman that someone was smoking pot in the lobby. By the time police arrived, she had returned to her 36th-floor apartment. When officers knocked on her door, they smelled weed and saw a bong, which Bynes grabbed and tossed out the window.
TMZ reported that she responded to the arrest by "kicking and screaming" and "yelling 'Don't you know who I am?'"
On Friday, both the gossip site and Us Weekly posted two separate mugshots of Bynes, who was sent to Roosevelt Hospital for a psychiatric evaluation before spending the night at the precinct. One shows the actress with a short haircut; in the other shot, she wears the blonde wig.
"Nothing was recovered from the sidewalk. Clearly a search was made for the bong,” her lawyer, Andrew Friedman, said in court. "My client completely denies ever illegally throwing anything out of her window."
Citing a police report that Bynes had called the bong "a vase," prosecutor Chikaelo Ibeabuchi stated: “The defendant was observed rolling a marijuana cigarette and throwing a bong out of the 36th-floor window ... when there were people below."
Friedman said Bynes submitted a complaint with the New York Police Department's Internal Affairs Bureau claiming that officers had mistreated her.
Bynes' criminal rap sheet includes a 2012 arrest for drunk driving as well as two alleged hit-and-run incidents. On Twitter, she has captured attention -- and loads of bad press -- for posting provocative photos of herself and frequently deriding her critics as "ugly," among other choice put-downs.
Her downward spiral came as she experienced frustration over her acting career and being branded as the wholesome headliner of such family-friendly film fare as What a Girl Wants (2003), She's the Man (2006) and Sydney White (2007).
"Everybody had her as a goody-goody. She couldn't break out of that genre," a high-level agency source told THR last year. "Her frustration was, 'I could have played this role; I could have played that role. I'm not getting the Lindsay Lohan roles.'"
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