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Amanda Bynes

Hospitalized

On 5150 Hold

7/23/2013 11:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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-- TMZ just spoke to the woman whose driveway Amanda built the fire on, and she tells us, she had no idea what was going on until cops knocked on her front door. She says cops asked her, "Do you know anyone by the name of Amanda Bynes, or why she would have some vendetta against you?" She said no ... not surprising because the woman is elderly.

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Cops then described to her that there was a young lady in her driveway, who had lit a fire and was carrying a little red gas tank. The homeowner says cops told her Amanda had burned part of her clothing.

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Amanda Bynes
is currently hospitalized on a 5150 hold ... after starting a small fire in the driveway of some random person's house Monday night, TMZ has learned.

Law enforcement sources tell us, the fire department responded to the home in Thousand Oaks, CA around 9 PM -- near where Amanda was just accused of trespassing -- after someone noticed the small blaze in the driveway. The sheriff's department was subsequently called when Amanda was found standing near the campfire.

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When sheriff's deputies arrived, they questioned Amanda about what she was doing, and why she was doing it -- and based on her answers, they determined she needed to be hospitalized on a 5150 hold. Translation: her answers were really wacky.

A 5150 hold is an involuntary hospitalization for mental evaluation. Amanda can only be held for 72 hours though.

Britney Spears was famously taken in on a 5150 in 2008 during her pre-conservatorship period.

And just to give you an idea of what Amanda looked like yesterday, these photos were taken at Bloomingdales in Santa Monica just hours before the hospitalization ... around 5 PM.

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196.

kerrieberrie    

I want to say to the people out there that I was doing the same kind of things I myself have mental health and at first I felt nothing was wrong. she is obviously having a disassociation with reality and all everyone can do is make fun. would you make fun of a person who just got diagnosed with cancer Mental health is real. amanda is showing the world that maybe she does need help and maybe she hasn't realized it. so please instead of making fun HELP HER

364 days ago
197.

Ravenwolf    

it's about time, when the parents tried, she managed to appear lucid and normal to the judge. so the judge let his go and her parents were stymied yet again.
this time though... she set a fire and burned some of her clothing(it doesn't say if she was wearing burned clothes or took some off to burn), in an elderly woman's driveway. that's making her not just a danger to herself(not that throwing an object out of a window to a possible street below wasn't dangerous either, for me that would have been enough to make her dangerous to others), but others as well. she could have lit that poor woman's house on fire, she could have seriously harmed or killed someone with those antics.
downside of the 5150? if they give her medications, once she is out, she can stop taking them, and there is no way(that I know of) to make her take them.

364 days ago
198.

JimmyB    

No sympathy for celebs who can't act like adults. ZERO.

364 days ago
199.

OLIVER PEREZ    

Poor Girl hopefully she gets the elp she needs now

364 days ago
200.

JimmyB    

It's always interesting that spoiled celebs "need help"; but normal people manage to go to work every day and not act like morons.

364 days ago
201.

spader    

Hopefully she can finally get the treatment she's been obviously needing for a long time.
Catherine Zeta-Jones has certainly shown that living with a mental illness in the spotlight is possible.
Good luck to her.

364 days ago
202.

lissabirdie    

Is she taking Ambien? People do crazy sht on that stuff!

364 days ago
203.

FLO    

IS KANYE NEXT?

364 days ago
204.

cheryl    

you people feel sorry for anybody and forgive anything. This woman is a mean, hate filled person and doesn't deserve sympathy. If she gets help and apologizes, ok, but not before. I'm sick of her calling everybody, but herself of course, Ugly! Bit*h needs to look in the mirror.

364 days ago
205.

Lori    

I hope she gets the help she needs. She was so adorable in "Hairspray"!

364 days ago
206.

sheryl st louis    

Amanda you want to know what ugly looks like,just look in the mirror at your face

364 days ago
207.

Professional Party Animal     

This girl is making LiLo look pretty normal, what an amazing accomplishment.

364 days ago
208.

VictoriaGirl    

As IF we needed anymore proof that she has a mental illness, setting a fire on someones driveway and shopping in just a t-shirt has to be enough to finally put her in a mental institution for a good long while so she can get a proper diagnosis and start getting treatment for it.

364 days ago
209.

TRUTHSAYER    

lol

364 days ago
210.

dawn crigger    

Where are her parents? I know she is old enough to care for herself but evidently she can't. This and some of her other crazy stunts is a CRY FOR HELP! Please someone help her before she ends up like some of these other stars 6 ft under. She used to be one of my favorite movie stars,its such a shame!

364 days ago
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