Is Amanda Bynes going through a meltdown?
The former Nickelodeon star locked herself in a West Hollywood dressing room for nearly two hours Monday, TMZ reports. Bynes, 26, was shopping at Los Angeles boutique Kin when she retreated into the room for an hour and 45 minutes, according to the shopping attendants who were present. A disoriented Bynes then attempted to leave with a bathing suit still on underneath her clothing. She also took a cab from the store.
Bynes' strange behavior has been escalating as of late. On Sunday, her car was impounded after she was caught driving on a suspended license by Burbank Airport Police at 8 a.m. Earlier last week, Bynes had been photographed smoking from a pipe in her car, also on a suspended license. This follows a series of reckless driving incidents, including two hit-and-runs and a DUI, in the past year.
Bynes' increasing driving troubles even spurred commentary from that other troubled former child actress, Lindsay Lohan, on Sunday. "Why did I get put in jail and a nickelodeon star has had NO punishment(s) so far," asked Lohan, also 26, on her Twitter page.
Despite what others around her are saying, Bynes is insisting she does not need help. ("She needs to stop drinking and driving... she needs help," uncle Ronald Bynes told Celebuzz). TMZ reports that Bynes is denying a substance abuse problem and any mental health issues, and claims that her driving charges are being blown way out of proportion.
Her current attitude reflects what she had been saying since last spring. On May 27, Bynes spoke out on Twitter: "I can't help but laugh at all of you writing fake stories about me... I was not in any hit and runs. I don't drink so the DUI is false."