While Amanda Bynes' recent, increasingly worrisome behavior can easily draw comparisons with some of the same problems that Britney Spears faced back in 2007, it appears that unlike the now-recovered pop sensation, the 27-year-old comedienne has yet to act out in a fashion that would warrant her to be placed under a court-ordered conservatorship!
In fact, until her behavior has the potential to injure herself or another, it seems that legal experts are convinced that as far as we all should be concerned, Amanda's behavior is pretty much on par with the majority of residents in New York City!
As legal consultant and alternative sentencing expert Wendy Feldman explains:
"There are two main standards that courts look at as far as conservatorships. The first is the person a danger to themselves — Spears was and demonstrated that often — and the second is whether the person a danger to society. Britney Spears was, and to her two children as well. Amanda seems to have a serious mental illness, but that does not meet the standard in court. There is no record of suicide attempts or drug overdoses, and in public, she is a loner."
And attorney Larry Bodine agrees:
"Amanda doesn’t qualify for an involuntary, emergency commitment in New York because she’s done nothing that is likely to result in serious harm to self or others. You could say she’s acting like a typical New Yorker – making goofy videos, wearing odd hairstyles, talking to herself, staying up all night, tweeting and spending money like water. It’s a free country."
In fact, sources close to her go so far as to say that she was RESPONSIBLE for moving from El Lay to NYC - because now she's free to behave as she wants, without having to worry about endangering lives behind the wheel of a vehicle:
"She has made one smart decision though. She got off the roads in Los Angeles and moved to New York where she can take the subway and not endanger others."
And thank goodness for that!
We just sincerely hope that Amanda accepts that the concern many are expressing for her comes from a place of love, and that she gets herself the help she needs on her own accord, before something happens that gives others the authority to do it on her behalf.
You're in our thoughts!
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