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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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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.

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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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91.

Nun ja biz    

Thank God! She really needs help.

437 days ago
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sister_mary_rotten_crotch    

Very glad she finally got picked up on a 5150 because she's desperately cray cray. This will allow her parents to finally step in and help her. When you're an adult, the ONLY time someone can step in is after you've been declared 5150 and a danger to yourself. They would have been breaking the law.

437 days ago
93.

SunnyAutumn    

Hope her parents can get her committed for a longer psych stay. Get better soon girl.

437 days ago
94.

kim is a publicity whore    

mk ultra might have made her this way

437 days ago
95.

Susan62509    

It's about time action was taken to try and help Amanda. She's been a walking/driving psych case for too long. Hopefully her parents can convince her to get help after the 5150 expires.

437 days ago
96.

SunnyAutumn    

Her ex boyfriend, Doug Reinhart said she killed his pet bird way back in 2007. She's been having mental problems for a long while.

437 days ago
97.

daved0622    

This train wreck was kinda funny in the beginning but now it doesn't seem like a publicity stunt, I actually feel kinda bad for here, she really needs help.

437 days ago
98.

Jeanne Tutt    

FINALLY! About damn time! at least she finally did something that made it so they could legally put her on a 5150 hold. maybe now she can start to get the help she so desperately needs.

437 days ago
99.

Michelle17    

Imagine living inside her scrambled head. She is always alone.

437 days ago
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Jay    

This has been so hard to watch her. She reminds me so much of myself a few years ago. I hope she finally gets the help she needs. Being put in a hospital is a very scary and overwhelming feeling so I hope she has family who can be there for her to help get her through all this.

437 days ago
101.

Obbop    

Some military boot camp and the regimentation following might set her straight.

Mollycoddling the lass followed up with relentless doses of psychotropic drugs merely enriches the mental illness industry.

Natural remedies are often the most effective.

Or, perhaps, a few years doing real work such as harvesting crops with the migrants.

437 days ago
102.

ys    

She is precisely the age where mental illnesses like schizophrenia or bipolar disorder appear. It is important at this time to give her some privacy and respect. Through no fault or action of her own she may simply be a victim of disorders that strike millions of young adults. Unfortunately, as a celebrity, her struggle is a public spectacle rather than the private battle most victims and their families endure.

437 days ago
103.

ilove95037    

Let's hope she finally gets the help she needs. How about a little compassion for the mentally ill, there, Rusty?

437 days ago
104.

Alia    

if she didn't have all the money she did no one would feel sorry for her she'd just be another nut job junkie... seriously she is pathetic at this point and very UGLY on the inside and out.

437 days ago
105.

Mike    

Her family needs to get invovled and hopefully will have a good outcome like Britney Spears. She can recover with the right support and treatment.

437 days ago
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