Amanda Bynes pleads not guilty to DUI, wants Obama to fire cop
Amanda Bynes of "Hairspray" and "Easy A" fame has pleaded not guilty to drunk driving, a day after she asked U.S. President Barack Obama on Twitter to "fire the cop" who arrested her two months ago.
The actress' lawyer entered her plea on her behalf in a Los Angeles court on Wednesday, June 6.
Prosecutors charged her with one count of misdemeanor DUI on Tuesday, saying in a complaint that the the actress "did unlawfully, while under the influence of an alcoholic beverage and a drug, and under their combined influence, drive a vehicle" when she was detained on April 6 on suspicion of crashing into a Los Angeles County Sheriff deputy's marked car with her black BMW. No one was hurt in the collision.
The former child star, who celebrated her 26th birthday three days before the incident, spent several hours in custody. Prosecutors also say that following her arrest, Bynes denied a peace officer's request for her to undergo a chemical test, which checks for alcohol and other substances in a person's breath, blood or urine, and is required under California state law.
"Hey @BarackObama... I don't drink," Bynes Tweeted on Tuesday. "Please fire the cop who arrested me. I also don't hit and run. The end."
Obama, who visited Los Angeles on Wednesday for a fundraiser ahead of the November presidential election, has not responded to the actress.
If convicted, Bynes faces up a maximum of six months in jail. Most non-violent offenders are released much earlier due to overcrowding.
In early May, several outlets reported that Bynes had sideswiped another vehicle in Los Angeles and then drove off. A police official said the damage involved was minor and that the actress cooperated with authorities and would not be charged as she may not have realized her error.
"I can't help but laugh at all of you writing fake stories about me," Bynes Tweeted on May 27. I was not in any hit and runs. I don't drink so the DUI is false."
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.