A former Nickelodeon actress with a history of legal troubles and bizarre behavior was reportedly hospitalized Monday night on a 5150 — an involuntary psychiatric hold. TMZ.com reports that Amanda Bynes was brought in after starting a small fire in the driveway of a residence.
"Law enforcement sources tell us, the fire department responded to the home in Thousand Oaks, Calif., around 9 p.m. — 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," TMZ reports. "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."
The 5150 hold for mental evaluation means Bynes car remain locked up for as long as 72 hours. "Britney Spears was famously taken in on a 5150 in 2008 during her pre-conservatorship period," the report notes.
TMZ talked with the woman who lives in the house where the incident occurred, and she apparently did not know Bynes and was unaware of the incident until she was told about it by authorities.
"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 report notes. "The homeowner says cops told her Amanda had burned part of her clothing."
Bynes made a name for herself on the TV shows "All That," "The Amanda Show" and "What I Like About You" along with feature films such as "What a Girl Wants" and "She’s the Man." More recently she has been getting attention for her run-ins with the law, such as this incident in New York City back in May.