Amanda's appeal to be released from involuntary psychiatric hold has been denied by a judge, who agrees with her doctors that there is a chance she will not take her medication when she's out.
Amanda Bynes cannot leave the psychiatric hospital yet. The "Easy A" actress, who is currently being put on involuntary psychiatric hold at mental health facility in Ventura County, California, has been denied release from the facility.
According to Radar Online, Amanda's lawyer argued that the former Nickelodeon star would be capable of taking care for herself as a judge conducted a hearing at the mental health facility on Thursday, August 1. The lawyer also insisted that she was no longer a danger to others. The judge, however, decided otherwise.
The judge denied the appeal, citing reasons that Amanda did not want to admit that she was mentally troubled. Therefore, there is possibility that she will stop taking her medication as soon as she is out. In addition, Amanda has not been formally diagnosed yet.
Amanda was taken into the facility 10 days ago. She was placed on a 5150 psychiatric hold for three days. The hold is applied to people who are said to bring danger to themselves. Her doctors, however, requested the hold to be extended for two weeks so that they could provide proper diagnosis.
Amanda was put on the involuntary hold after she lit a fire on a stranger's driveway in Thousand Oaks, California. An eyewitness said that he saw "this girl lying down here with her left pant leg on fire and there is this gas can right here and it is trailing fire" and called 911.