Actor Amanda Bynes has had her conservatorship extended by two years. The former Nickelodeon child star, who's best known for her roles in She's the Man, Easy A and The Amanda Show, was initially placed under a temporary conservatorship in August 2013 after a series of mental health and substance abuse issues.
But, following a report made by Bynes' mother, Lynn Bynes, a judge has ruled to extend her conservatorship until 8 March 2023, according to court documents obtained by US Weekly. Over the last few years, the conservatorship has been extended multiple times at the request of her mother, who is her legal guardian.
The judge's ruling means 35-year-old Bynes will remain under the protection of the court for the next two years, with her mother expected to deliver another status report in January 2023.
Speaking to US Weekly about the decision, Bynes' lawyer David Esquibias, said: "Everyone would love to see Amanda not under a conservatorship. I think that is the goal between myself, her mother, her father and her care providers."
He added, "Amanda would love to be unconserved [sic]. She’s expressed it over and over. The timing is not right at the moment, so she’s working toward that direction. We all are working toward that direction, and one day we all hope to see it."
Bynes was initially detained in July 2013 for allegedly starting a fire in a driveway, and as a result was hospitalised for 72 hours. During her hospitalisation, her parents filed for conservatorship – which, according to US law, is the appointment of a guardian by a judge to manage the financial affairs and/or daily life of another person. This can be due to old age, or physical/mental limitations.
Whilst under the conservatorship, Bynes revealed in 2018 that she'd been sober for four years with the help of her parents. Opening up about her experience, she told Paper she was "really ashamed and embarrassed with the things I said. I can’t turn back time but if I could, I would."
She continued: "I’m so sorry to whoever I hurt and whoever I lied about because it truly eats away at me. It makes me feel so horrible and sick to my stomach and sad."
News of Bynes' extended conservatorship comes just days after Britney Spears' father, Jamie Spears, filed to officially end her conservatorship after 13 years.
The #FreeBritney movement gained world-wide attention in recent years, when fans of the singer became increasingly concerned about her legal guardianship contract, which allowed her father to have control of her finances and personal affairs.
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