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Amanda Bynes not to face charges over driveway blaze

Published 25/07/2013 | 10:11

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FILE - In a Tuesday, July 9, 2013 file photo, Amanda Bynes, accompanied by attorney Gerald Shargel, arrives for a court appearance in New York on allegations that she chucked a marijuana bong out the window of her 36th-floor Manhattan apartment. Bynes has been hospitalized for a mental health evaluation after deputies said she started a small fire in the driveway of a home in Southern California. Ventura County sheriff's Capt. Don Aguilar says deputies responding to a call Monday night, July 22, 2013 found Bynes standing next to the flames in the city of Thousand Oaks, Calif. The deputies determined she met the criteria for a mental health hold and took her into custody. She can be held for up to 72 hours of observation.  (AP Photo/Bethan McKernan, File)
Amanda Bynes, arrives for a court appearance in New York earlier this month.

Prosecutors will not charge the former actress with any criminal offense for setting a driveway ablaze.

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Police view the troubled star’s actions as “non-criminal” and “rooted in mental illness”, TMZ reports.

The 27-year-old lit a fire on an elderly woman’s driveway in Thousand Oaks, California on Monday night. But instead of arresting Bynes, police decided she needed immediate professional help.

Bynes is under a 5150 hold since Monday night’s incident. The California legislation sees those deemed by authorities to be a danger to themselves and others forced into hospital to have their mental state evaluated for up to 72 hours.

It is rumoured medical professionals have requested an extension to the three-day evaluation period as they believe the star is suffering from schizophrenia.

Amanda has been embroiled in a number of bizarre situations recently. She has lived in countless apartment buildings and hotels since moving to New York City in 2012.

Apparently neighbours often heard her walking in communal areas speaking a "nonsensical" language.

"When she was living at her apartment near New York's Times Square, neighbours spotted her wandering the halls and talking to herself in unintelligible sentences," a source told Radar Online.

This symptomatic behaviour supposedly began during Amanda's professional heyday in the late 1990s, when she was starring on Nickelodeon teen sketch comedy show All That.

It is rumoured people were often taken aback by Amanda's strange rituals.

"When she was a teenager, Amanda would cover electronic items inside her home because she thought that was the only way she wouldn't be spied on," an insider revealed.

Amanda has vehemently denied drug use in the past, but it has been said that she is a habitual marijuana smoker.

Apparently loved ones believe weed only exacerbates her supposed mental health problems.

"It makes her more paranoid and instead of mellowing her out, it does the opposite," the source said. "Amanda begins talking faster and just can't seem to sit still."

According to Radar Online, her mother Lynn Organ and father Rick Bynes are due in court on Friday to formally ask for legal conservatorship over their daughter.

Amanda won't face charges for the Thousand Oaks fire, but she is still on the hook in both California and New York for five crimes which include driving under the influence, driving on a suspended licence, tampering with evidence, reckless endangerment and marijuana possession.

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