Amanda Bynes' legal woes intensify: Actress charged with driving with suspended license
Amanda Bynes has been charged officially with driving with a suspended license, adding to her previous pending hit-and-run and DUI cases.
The 26-year-old former child star known for roles in films such as "Hairspray" and "All That" had lost her driving privileges in early September following the two car accidents and a separate DUI arrest in West Hollywood. On the 16th of the month, authorities pulled Bynes over near Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, California, for driving with a suspended license. Her car was impounded, but she was not arrested.
On Friday, September 21, the Burbank City Attorney's Office issued Bynes two charges of driving with a suspended license stemming from the incident, OTRC.com has confirmed.
Paparazzi have followed the actress for weeks amid her turmoil, bringing to mind other former child performers who have made headlines over legal and personal issues through the years, such as Lindsay Lohan and Britney Spears, who has since made a career comeback. Following her license suspension, Bynes has been spotted and photographed using taxis to get around town.
Bynes recently told People magazine in a phone interview she is "doing amazing," adding: "I am retired as an actor. I am moving to New York to launch my career. I am going to do a fashion line. I am not talking about being arrested for DUI because I don't drink, and I don't drink and drive. It is all false."
The actress, who played pig-tailed Penny Pingleton in the 2007 musical film "Hairspray," had announced in June 2010 that she had quit acting only to claim a month later 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.
Authorities say the first suspected hit-and-run took place in April. A person told police that Bynes rear-ended their car on a Los Angeles highway and fled the scene. She was not arrested.
The incident occurred days after she was booked for allegedly driving drunk and crashing into a cop car. She pleaded not guilty to DUI in June and in late May, Tweeted: "I can't help but laugh at all of you writing fake stories about me. I was not in any hit and runs. I don't drink so the DUI is false."
Prosecutors had reopened the first suspected hit-and-run case after a second one surfaced in early August. A Los Angeles woman filed a police report in which she claimed that Bynes rear-ended her on a busy street in the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles and fled the scene. Bynes has not commented.
TEach count of hit-and-run, driving with a suspended license and DUI carries a maximum sentence of six months in jail. All of Bynes' charges are misdemeanors. In Los Angeles, most non-violent offenders are released from custody early due to overcrowding.
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.
(Pictured above: Amanda Bynes appears in a mug shot released by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department on April 6, 2012 after her DUI arrest. / Amanda Bynes appears in a scene from the 2010 movie "Easy A.")