Amanda Bynes pulled over for driving on suspended license; Lindsay Lohan speaks out on Twitter
Amanda Bynes was pulled over Sunday morning near Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, California, for driving with a suspended license. Her car was impounded, but she was not arrested or detained.
Bynes, a former child star who has appeared in the movies "Hairspray" and "Easy A," lost her driving privileges following a DUI arrest in West Hollywood and charges in two separate hit-and-run accidents. Bynes, 26, is due in court for a pretrial hearing on Friday.
Following Sunday's incident, fellow actress Lindsay Lohan, who has had few of her own run-ins with the law over the past few years, offered little sympathy over Twitter.
"Why did I get put in jail and a nickelodeon star has had NO punishment(s) so far?" Lohan tweeted.
Bynes also was recently photographed by TMZ, in her car, smoking out of a pipe, which appeared to contain marijuana.
The California Department of Motor Vehicles has confirmed that Bynes' driver's license was suspended, but it did not indicate the specific reason for the suspension or when it took effect.
The actress was recently charged with two counts of hit-and-run and could be sent to jail for up to a year. No one was injured in the actress' reported crashes. A Los Angeles City Attorney's office spokesperson said in a statement obtained by OTRC.com that the two hit-and-run charges, which are misdemeanors, were filed on September 4 and that Bynes is scheduled to be arraigned on September 27. She was sent a voluntary appearance letter on Wednesday, September 5. She has not commented about the charges.
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.
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.
The actress faces a maximum punishment of six months in jail and a $1,000 fine for each hit-and-run count. If convicted of both, she could serve her jail time consecutively. Also, her DUI case carries a maximum sentence of six months behind bars. 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.
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.