Former Nickelodeon star Amanda Bynes was denied a request to leave the psychiatric hospital where she has been involuntarily held, reports TMZ.com.
Bynes’ attorney argued before a judge in the psych ward that there is no legal basis to hold her for an additional two weeks. But the judge agreed with doctors that the actress needed to remain hospitalized because of her alleged precarious mental situation, the story says.
As previously reported, Bynes was held for psychological evaluation after she set a fire in a residential driveway and spilled gasoline on her dog in the process.
TMZ writes: "Our sources say Amanda’s lawyer argued at [Thursday’s] hearing the actress was capable of caring for herself and she was not a danger to others. As we reported, Amanda is actually doing a lot better since doctors have started giving her a cocktail of meds. We’re told there are clear signs Amanda is schizophrenic."
The report adds: "Amanda does not acknowledge she has a mental illness, and doctors believe there’s more than a good chance she would not take the meds that have stabilized her if she’s out on her own."