New York: Actress Amanda Bynes Arrested on Marijuana Charge
By Steve Elliott
Former Nickelodeon child star Amanda Bynes was arrested Thursday evening in New York City, charged with tampering with physical evidence, reckless endangerment and criminal possession of marijuana. Building officials at her apartment called police to commplain she was rolling and smoking a joint in the lobby.
"There was a 911 call at her apartment building that someone was smoking marijuana in the lobby," NYPD spokesman Det. Brian Sessa told ABC News. Once police arrived, a building official took them upstairs to Bynes' apartment and she let them inside, according to Sessa.
"There was a heavy smell of marijuana," Sessa claimed. "[Then] she took the bong and threw it out the window."
She then told police "It was just a vase," according to Manhattan Assistant District Attorney Chikaelo Ibeabuchi, reports Colleen Long of The Associated Press.
"My client completely denies illegally throwing anything out of her window," said Andrew Friedman, Bynes' attorney for the arraignment.
The alleged bong has not been recovered form the street 36 floors below, the NYPD had to admit.
Bynes appeared disheveled in a long blond wig and sweats Friday in criminal court, where the judge released her on her own recognizance and gave her a July 9 court date.
She rose to fame starring in Nickelodeon's All That and also starred in several movies, including Easy A. from 2010. She has been in the news several times recently due to bizarre behavior, including tweeting revealing photos of herself.
Last month, Bynes was photographed on a New York City street puffing what appeared to be a joint (see photo above).
The former Hairspray star resolved a misdemeanor hit-and-run case in December after entering into a civil settlement with other drivers in California. Also in that state, she was charged last fall with driving on a suspended license after it was taken away from her after two other hit-and-run cases where she was accused of leaving the scene without leaving proper identification. She pleaded not guilty to drunken driving in a separate case.
"I do want to make you understand," said Chief New York County Judge Neil Ross. "If you get arrested again, I'm going to be setting very, very significant bail. "OK," Bynes replied.
"You're in a very, very challenging situation right now," the judge intoned, displaying a judicially keen grasp of the obvious.
(Photo: Huffington Post)