A judge has granted a request to extend actress Amanda Bynes’ psychiatric hold, TMZ.com reports. The former Nickelodeon star was put on a 5150 hold Monday, as previously reported, with that hold initially in force for only 72 hours.
Bynes’ parents, Rick and Lynne, were headed to court this morning after filing an application for conservatorship over their daughter, People magazine reports. Bynes’ latest troubles began when she allegedly set a fire in a residential driveway in Thousand Oaks, Calif.
The extension of the psychiatric hold was reportedly granted during a hearing Thursday in the psychiatric hospital where Bynes has been held since Monday night. TMZ reported that Bynes had her attorney at the facility, arguing to deny the extension.
Doctors reportedly argued that releasing Bynes could pose a danger to the actress and to others, TMZ noted.
The extension means that even if a judge denies her parents temporary conservatorship today, Bynes will remain in the psych ward for another two weeks, the piece adds. TMZ reports that her parents were seeking the conservatorship because they feared the extension would be denied and they wanted a means of controlling her actions if she was set free.