Amanda Bynes' Highway to Hell: New Car Accident, Suspended License, Caught Smoking Marijuana in BMW, Could Spend Year in Jail (Video, Pics)
Amanda Bynes might be taking her new "bad girl" look a little too seriously. TMZ reported Sept. 13 that Bynes was spotted driving around the streets of West Hollywood, while still on a suspended license, and was involved in yet another car accident.
This time Bynes backed her beat up black BMW out of a parking spot on Sunset Boulevard into the car behind her, the bump was a small one, and luckily resulted in no injuries and only minor damage.
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But TMZ's cameras were there to catch the entire incident on film. The footage shows Bynes trying to shield her face as she talked with the other car's driver, leaving without exchanging information at the scene.
This is the third car accident for Bynes in the last six months. TMZ also published salacious photos Sept. 11 of what looks to be Bynes with in a big wig smoking out of what appears to be a marijuana pipe. The photos -- obtained by TMZ -- show Bynes taking multiple hits out of a pipe that is designed to look like a cigarette lighter in your car. TMZ also reportedly followed the former actress all day while she drove "aimlessly" around Los Angeles on her suspended license, apparently stalking and news are synonymous in California.
Bynes was reportedly going to do what everyone does when high on marijuana: shop at Home Depot. Need more proof the former actress was stoned? She bought colored "party light bulbs." Lock her away, TMZ.
As an attorney pointed out to E! News though, "There is no way to know when these pictures were taken or what, if anything, was being done inside the car," said criminal defense attorney Troy Slaten, who isn't connected with any of Bynes' cases.
A key element, Slaten says, is identifying "what was being smoked. It was clear that she was smoking something, but a green leafy substance resembling marijuana does not prove necessarily that she was smoking marijuana."
Before the incidents this week, Bynes had already been charged with two counts of hit-and-run by the L.A. City Attorney's Office for two separate incidents, according to TMZ. If convicted, Bynes faces up to a year in prison, and a $2,000 fine. In both incidents - one in April and one in August - Bynes allegedly fled the scene after striking another car with her car. The actress has long maintained her innocence.
Four days after Bynes' April 6 DUI in which she rear-ended a police cruiser, she was accused of slamming her rental BMW into another car on the 101 Freeway in the San Fernando Valley. When the actress did not stop, the victim gave chase, but Bynes blew through a red light and got away. According to TMZ, the victim did get the license plate number, and after cops determined it was Bynes' rented vehicle, they included her in a line-up for the victim ... who pointed out the 26-year-old as the one who had hit her.
One month later, Bynes was once again accused of a hit-and-run when her Range Rover side-swiped another car in West Hollywood. When the actress sped away, the man called the police, who chased after her. And when they did eventually catch up with her, she told cops she had no idea she had struck another automobile. But the damage to both cars was so minimal, no charges were filed.
Around that time, Bynes took to her Twitter to defend herself - and beg for help from none other than the president. "Hey @BarackObama... I don't drink," she tweeted. "Please fire the cop who arrested me. I also don't hit and run. The end."
Then on Aug. 5, Bynes did it again. But this time, after striking a Toyota Corolla with her BMW in the San Fernando Valley, she did stop. The actress, who "looked like a hot mess" according to the victim, tried to push the Corolla's bumper back into place (which didn't work), refused to give the other woman her insurance information, and then drove off yet again.
And those aren't Bynes' only problems. The former child star "retired" from acting in 2010, due to what many close to the actress said was her incredibly difficult and at times extreme behavior. As Bynes put it on Twitter, "Being an actress isn't as fun as it may seem," she tweeted. "If I don't love something, I stop doing it. I don't love acting anymore, so I've stopped doing it."
As the Daily Beast reports, towards the "end" of her career, Byne's mental health might have become an issue. Sources said her CAA agents had a please-get-help talk with her this year, and that Bynes has so far resisted. And her parents, whom she has supported for years, have not been able to get the actress back on track. Her friends are concerned about her behavior.
Reps for Bynes did not respond to a request for comment about her retirement. Her personal publicist, Melissa Raubvogel, said no such event had happened with CAA.
If she can make it there without killing anyone - TMZ be warned -- Bynes will appear in court on Sept. 27. If convicted of both misdemeanors, she faces up to a year in jail.