Amanda Bynes is mentally unfit to stand trial ... this according to her lawyer in her DUI case ... TMZ has learned.
Amanda was supposed to appear in court today for her DUI arrest in West Hollywood back in April, 2012. Amanda's lawyer, Rich Hutton, told the judge Amanda did not have the mental capacity to understand the nature of the legal proceedings.
The judge apparently had concern ... and transferred the matter to the mental health court. The judge in that court will conduct a hearing to determine Amanda's mental competency.
Meanwhile, Amanda is getting long-term treatment after being placed under a conservatorship.
Here's video ... of a noticeably unstable Amanda climbing into her Range Rover last year.
WON'T Be Charged
With a Crime
7/24/2013 2:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Amanda Bynes is in for a tough road ahead -- dealing with what looks like a serious mental illness and a conservatorship -- but she's not going to be charged with another crime ... TMZ has learned.
Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... prosecutors will NOT charge Amanda with trespass, arson or any other criminal offense in connection with Monday's bizarre driveway blaze. We're told cops and prosecutors view her conduct as non-criminal and rooted in mental illness. We're told the cops almost immediately decided Amanda needed professional help -- not punishment.
But the troubled star is not out of the woods. She faces DUI charges in L.A. and reckless endangerment and pot charges in NYC.
During Court Hearing
7/9/2013 6:18 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Amanda Bynes rolled into a New York courtroom today dressed more for a rave than a court hearing -- sporting an aqua-colored wig, sweatpants, a tank top ... and sneakers!
... and no one was surprised.
Bynes was in court to fight allegations she threw a glass bong out of her NY apartment window back in May.
According to police, Amanda threw the bong out of her window before they arrested her, but she has denied the accusation ... in fact, she says the arresting officer sexually assaulted her by slapping her vagina.
She also said cops entered her apartment illegally.
But inside the courtroom today ... nothing really happened. Bynes was virtually silent -- and the judge continued the case to August 26 ... though Bynes isn't ordered to appear until Sep. 26.
on Dating Bieber
'It's Impossible ... I'm Engaged'
6/12/2013 9:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Miley Cyrus says it's "impossible" that she's more than friends with Justin Bieber ... despite the public flirting ... 'cause she's currently engaged to someone else.
Miley called in to Hot 99.5 in D.C. this morning ... and actually responded when the DJ asked if the photos on TMZ showing Miley and Bieber flirting in public this weekend prove they're "more than friends."
Her response: "I'm ENGAGED!" she said, chuckling. "I'm engaged. That is impossible."
It's an interesting statement for two reasons -- first, it clears up the rumors that she broke things off with Liam Hemsworth.
Second, when it came to being more than friends with Justin ... her answer isn't exactly a strong "no."
Miley was also asked about Amanda Bynes -- and she says some interesting stuff.
Give it a listen.
I Just Got a Nose Job ... And I Already Want
6/2/2013 1:15 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Amanda Bynes followed through on her promise to get her nose fixed after seeing it in her mug shot ... and she tells TMZ she already wants to get another procedure ... ASAP.
In one of her post-arrest Twitter rants, Bynes said she was planning on "getting in shape and getting a nose job!"
Bynes -- who previously copped to having a nose job weeks before her arrest -- tells TMZ she got the procedure done yesterday in Manhattan and explains, "I have no bandage on. It's healing on it's own like my doctor asked."
But she's not stopping there, telling us, "I'm getting one more in 3 weeks, they are short amazing surgeries done while I'm awake but under general anesthesia. It's almost perfect."
She says once her nose "doesn't look so awful in photos" she will stop hiding from the paps.
Weed Love You To Be
the New Face of Vaporizers
6/2/2013 10:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Amanda Bynes says she doesn't do drugs ... but that's not stopping one company from asking her to be the new face of their portable vaporizers ... i.e. a contraption loved by ganja-lovers worldwide.
Chris Folkerts -- CEO of Grenco Science -- sent Amanda an offer letter this week, asking her to become a celebrity spokesperson for their new line of G-Pen vaporizers ... following her alleged bong-out-the-window arrest.
Chris says G-Pens are portable vaporizers which "provide the best way to vape oils, concentrates and aromatherapy regiments" ... but we all know what they really vape.
Folkerts says in the letter, "We think you'd be a great spokesperson ... we know you will love our vaporizers so much you will never use a water pipe or bowl ever again."
Fun Fact: The Game is also a celeb spokesman for the company. Soooo yeah.
6/1/2013 1:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Amanda Bynes has a serious addiction and TMZ has learned she just got herself another fix -- no, we don't mean drugs ... we're talking WIGS.
Bynes recently placed an order from Couture Princess Wigs for three Disney-inspired wigs -- one Cinderalla, one Barbie, and one Belle. She placed the order the day of her arrest and three wigs cost her a total of $830.00 (that includes shipping).
Bynes and her wigs have become infamous since her arrest, with Bynes tweeting after her court date, "I need Nicki Minaj’s wig person stat!"
Thinks Amanda Bynes Killed a Guy in AZ
5/30/2013 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The Game thinks Amanda Bynes killed a guy in Arizona ... because The Game totally thinks Amanda Bynes is Jodi Arias -- whoopsies!!!
Game was hanging out in NYC Tuesday night -- when we asked if he'd been following the crazy Bynes saga ... to which he replied, "F**k Amanda Bynes ... isn't she the killer? She the person that killed somebody or something?"
Turns out Game was just thinking of Jodi Arias ... that heartless biatch who slaughtered her BF in AZ ... and when our cameraman corrected the rapper, he joked -- "Yeah, I get my killers mixed up."
Check out the video -- it's pretty funny.
Of course, Bynes is no killer -- but she did ask Drake to "murder" her vagina a few months ago ... so, yeah ... there's that.
Cops Got NOTHING
When It Comes to Drugs
5/29/2013 9:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The Amanda Bynes drug case is falling apart ... FAST ... because the cops have absolutely NO HARD EVIDENCE that Amanda was ever in possession of weed, this based on information TMZ has obtained from law enforcement.
An NYPD official told TMZ ... the police report mentions NOTHING of any marijuana recovered at the scene. According to the report, cops saw Amanda throw what they believe is "drug paraphernalia" out the window. The report also says cops smelled "a strong odor of marijuana."
Based on multiple calls to law enforcement and others ... it appears NO DRUGS were recovered ... and that's what Amanda has been saying all along.
As for the alleged bong ... it's almost certain it will never be admitted into evidence. TMZ broke the story ... our producer spotted glass remnants on a sub-roof Tuesday and then called police and asked if they had inspected it. He was told they hadn't, and was asked for the location where the glass was found. Cops arrived a short time later and presumably checked the sub-roof.
Here's the problem ... No one knows if anyone tampered with the glass remnants which sat for days, in the rain. The chain of custody has been irretrievably broken and it's virtually certain the glass would not be admissible into evidence.
Short story ... even if prosecutors try to nail Amanda for reckless endangerment by throwing something out the window -- cops say she confessed to throwing a vase but she denies it -- there's no physical evidence of what was allegedly thrown. We've spoken with several lawyers who say it will be extremely difficult to convict her on reckless endangerment without physical evidence.
Short story -- if you're betting on this one, Amanda seems to be a pretty safe gamble.
Amanda Bynes Is Still HOT
... She's Got Great Boobs
5/29/2013 6:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Despite all the craziness ... and the wigs ... and the legal drama, David Spade says he still sees Amanda Bynes for who she really is -- a hot piece of ass.
Spade was hangin' at The Improv last night with his "Grown Ups 2" co-star Nick Swardson -- when Dave dropped some serious truth bombs about the ongoing Bynes saga.
"I'm scared of Amanda Bynes," Spade said ... joking that she'll call him "ugly" on Twitter if he says anything unflattering about her.
But Spade did rank Amanda's hotness -- and it's obvious, he's a fan.
"If you cut out all the 'stuff,' ... she's technically, for all intents and purposes, very pretty -- but I think she's getting in her own way."
But it's not all about her looks, Spade also says Amanda has a point when it comes to how she's portrayed in the media.
It Looks Like a Shattered Bong [Photo]
5/28/2013 11:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
THIS could be the shattered bong Amanda Bynes allegedly threw out her 36th-floor apartment window last week.
Our TMZ producer went on the hunt today and found the shattered glass on the 3rd floor of the building ... it's a sub-roof that can be accessed by using a ladder.
An official in the building allowed our guy to check it out, and he found what looks like a bong -- small broken bits of glass, light and dark blue in color, with no markings and no broken bottle ends or tops. Some of the pieces of glass had what appeared to be black residue.
Amanda has said she threw a vase out the window, but our producer says it doesn't look like a vase to him. As for the cigarette butts, our producer says they were scattered all over the sub-roof.
A building employee told our producer cops didn't check the sub-roof during their investigation. We were told cops would check it out later today. Cops just arrived at the scene.
NYPD to Amanda Bynes:
No One Slapped Your Vagina
5/28/2013 8:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Amanda Bynes straight up LIED when she accused an NYPD officer of "slapping" her vagina during last week's bong arrest ... this according to cops.
After Bynes made the allegation on Twitter this weekend, the NYPD says it launched an internal investigation to see if there was any truth to Amanda's claim.
But NYPD Deputy Commissioner Paul J. Browne tells TMZ ... "Investigators have found no evidence to corroborate Ms. Bynes's allegations."
"To the contrary," Browne says ... "a credible civilian witness who was with the officers throughout told investigators that none touched Ms. Bynes inappropriately or otherwise engaged in misconduct at any time."
Bynes has vowed to sue the NYPD over the arrest -- claiming they lied about finding drugs and illegally entered her apartment.
5/27/2013 1:13 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Amanda Bynes is now claiming the tweets bashing Rihanna (pardon the pun) did not come from her and were actually mocked up by someone else ... then she went on to say some other crazy stuff.
Bynes went on another rambling Twitter run this afternoon, in which she says, "I saw a bunch of mocked up tweets about me bashing Rihanna in my mentions. I'm followed by so many people that someone is always mocking up fake tweets so I feel the need to address them!"
From there she goes on to say ... well, your guess is as good as ours:
"That's one of the mocked up images, they took photos of me from outside and morphed them onto someone else's body. I am allergic to marijuana and alcohol but I smoke tobacco. Why does Rihanna smoke weed and not get in trouble for it but I smoke tobacco and people think I'm on drugs? I refuse to be treated like someone I'm not, which is why I fought for myself and am suing everyone involved. I don't need to go to rehab. There is never a drug or alcohol in my system! I'm sick of all the lies! What would you do if someone accused you of things you didn't do and yet you still had to be in jail at all over it! I'm so offended but I am so educated that I know cops cannot illegally enter my apartment, sexually harass me, arrest me, take me to a MENTAL HOSPITAL, then lock me up for a crime I didn't commit. I'm suing them all for this upsetting nightmare. My lawyer knows I'm a model citizen who doesn't partake in drugs. He's going to court this week to set the record straight again on my behalf. Thankfully I'm an educated multi-millionaire who knows better than to speak to perverted unjust cops without my lawyer."