amanda bynes files to end her conservatorship after 8 years

Amanda Bynes Files To End Her Conservatorship After 8 Years

Amanda Bynes is taking the next steps to terminate her conservatorship after living under the court-mandated arrangement for over eight years.

The 35-year-old petitioned the Ventura County Superior Court in California to end her conservatorship this past Wednesday per online court records.

David Esquibias, Amanda’s lawyer, shared in a statement to People how Bynes believes that “her condition is improved and protection of the court is no longer necessary.”

A judge is scheduled to consider the petition at a hearing on March 22.

In 2013, Bynes was first placed under the conservatorship after a series of legal issues and an apparent mental health crisis. And in 2012, she was charged with driving under the influence after allegedly clipping a sheriff deputy’s cruiser in West Hollywood.

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The following year, she was arrested in New York City after police said they caught her throwing a bong out the window of her apartment.

Then in July 2013, Bynes was involuntarily hospitalized for a mental health evaluation after authorities said she set a fire in front of a home in Thousand Oaks. It was during that stay when her parents petitioned the court to place her under a conservatorship, saying their daughter appeared to have a substance abuse problem and had grown “extremely paranoid.”

Bynes’ mother, Lynn Bynes, was ultimately named temporary conservator of the actor’s finances and personal life in August 2013. She was again appointed to be her daughter’s conservator in October 2014 and has served in that role ever since.

Lynn Bynes’ attorney, Tamar Arminak, told the outlet that her client supports the petition and is “very proud of Amanda and the progress she has made.”

Arminak relayed in an email how Amanda Bynes’ petition was “based on professionals’ opinion and assessment of the situation.”

“[Lynn] looks forward to seeing the next chapter in Amanda’s life as her mother, not her conservator,” she said.

This past year, amid Britney Spears’ public battle to be released from her nearly 14-year conservatorship, Bynes’ case received renewed attention. Bynes had publicly criticized her parents in the past, as well as accused her father of sexual and verbal abuse. She later recanted those statements, alleging that a microchip her father had put in her brain made her say them.

When questioned about her case this past fall, Esquibias told the Daily Beast that there was “no comparison” between Bynes’ and Spears’ conservatorships.

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“Amanda understands the benefits of her conservatorship and is content with the arrangement for now,” he said.

Bynes has been out of the spotlight for the past eight years. In a 2018 interview with Paper magazine, Bynes spoke on enrolling in classes at the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising in downtown Los Angeles as well as wanting to get back into acting.

“I have no fear of the future,” she told the outlet. “I’ve been through the worst and came out the other end and survived it so I just feel like it’s only up from here.”

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