Amanda Bynes settles 2 hit-and-run cases
Amanda Bynes of "Hairspray" fame has resolved two misdemeanor hit-and-run cases that occurred earlier this year after she and the drivers she was accused of hitting reached civil settlements.
The charges made against the 26-year-old actress have now been dismissed, according to the Associated Press. The outlet reported that her lawyer informed a Los Angeles court about the settlements on Thursday. Bynes had pleaded not guilty in both cases.
On April 10, a person told police that Bynes rear-ended their car on a Los Angeles highway and fled the scene. She was not arrested. Prosecutors reopened the case after a second one surfaced in early August, when a Los Angeles woman told police that Bynes rear-ended her on a busy street in the San Fernando Valley area and fled the scene.
Following the two incidents and a separate arrest in West Hollywood over a suspected DUI, Bynes lost her driving privileges.E! Online said the suspension was made due to unpaid parking tickets. In September, she was had pulled her over near an airport and charged her with two counts of driving with a suspended license. She has pleaded not guilty in both cases, which are still pending.
A Los Angeles City Attorney's spokesman told the Associated Press that prosecutors objected to the dismissal of her hit-and-run charges because of the remaining cases.
Bynes rose to fame as a child star with a role in the Nickelodeon series "All That" and later appeared in movies such as "What a Girl Wants," "Hairspray" and "Easy A."
Bynes has stayed away from the press in the past few months but she did tell People magazine in a phone interview in late September 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 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 "Easy A."
(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.")