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Amanda Bynes


On 5150 Hold

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

8:35 AM PT
-- 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.

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.

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.

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.

Story developing ...



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While some of you are going to be a $$ holes and make rude comments, I feel sorry for her and hope she gets the mental help she needs. She was a decent actress and very pretty girl once. Good luck Amanda

465 days ago


Well this was a long time coming... Hopefully this helps, because homegirl was on a serious downward spiral.

465 days ago

From my mind    

It only happens to those with $$$

465 days ago

Spunky Funk    

I'd love to hear what her answers were! LOL

465 days ago


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465 days ago


If her parents don't step in now, then they should be ashamed. Get this poor girl help.

465 days ago

This chick isn't crazy she's just doing all this to stay in the spotlight just like that whore Farrah Abham!!! Aren't there 15 minutes up already?

465 days ago


Finally going to get a diagnosis! bi-polar cray cray

465 days ago


This is just like Robert Downey Junior and I hope she gets treatment for her mental illness until it is under control. Not sad she has it because many do, but sad it's not being treated. She is a young, beautiful girl who needs to get help. For so many people who are mentally ill, it should have been diagnosed when they were children. Sadly, it is not treated soon enough and so many live with it untreated for way too long. Good luck to her and her family. Many prayers for all of you.

465 days ago


TMZ, why do you keep using photos of her that are YEARS old!? She doesn't look anywhere near that 'normal' these days.

465 days ago

all about the money    

Wow in LA less than 24 hours and already in the psych ward. Hopefully they can figure out what her story is within the 72 hours and maybe start to help her.

465 days ago


Now you can't go camping without being thrown in a mental hospital?

465 days ago


with all her ugly name calling

465 days ago

Virtual Insanity    

Good call, police. I hope she gets a diagnosis and solid long-term treatment.

465 days ago


This was inevitable. Glad nobody got hurt.

465 days ago
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