Amanda Bynes' father talks about her DUI arrest: 'She was not drunk'
Amanda Bynes' father, Rick Bynes, is speaking out about the actress' recent DUI arrest.
Rick Bynes claims the actress "was not drunk" at the time of her arrest, according to People magazine. "I was told that she blew a zero on the Breathalyzer."
"She didn't have a single drink that night," he added. "My daughter doesn't drink."
The "Easy A" and "Hairspray" actress was arrested on a charge of driving under the influence of alcohol in West Hollywood after allegedly hitting a Los Angeles County Sheriff deputy's marked car with her black BMW.
No one was hurt in the collision, although both vehicles sustained minor paint damage, officials said in a statement obtained by OnTheRedCarpet.com. The former child star, who celebrated her 26th birthday on April 3, spent several hours in custody. A mug shot of her with faded lilac-tinted hair was later released (see above).
Officials said the deputy had prepared to make a right turn and Bynes had tried to pass him, hitting the right ride of his radio car. Her spokesperson had no immediate comments about the incident or the DUI charge, which is a misdemeanor.
Rick Bynes claims his daughter was arrested because "she was upset and very emotional."
The actress rose to fame as a child star with the Nickelodeon series "All That," which aired between 1996 and 2002. She also portrayed Taffy on the animated series "Rugrats" and starred opposite Colin First and Kelly Preston in the teen romantic comedy "What a Girl Wants." Between 2002 and 2006, she appeared on the sitcom "What I Like About You" with Jennie Garth.
She then starred in the movie "She's The Man," playing a college girl who disguises herself as her twin brother so she can play on a men's soccer team. Channing Tatum portrayed her love interest. Bynes also played pig-tailed Penny Pingleton in the musical film "Hairspray."
In June 2010, she announced on Twitter she had quit acting. A month later, she said she had "unretired," just ahead of the release of her latest film, the comedy "Easy A." She played a conservative student named Marianne opposite main star Emma Stone.