After a bizarre series of vehicular mishaps over the past six months, former Nickelodeon star Amanda Bynes, 26, is scheduled to appear in a Los Angeles courtroom Friday (September 21) to face a judge over a hit-and-run charge.
The “Easy A” star, who has retired and unretired from acting twice in the past two years, has made headlines multiple times since April for a number of car-related incidents that range from charges of DUI to hit-and-run and driving with a suspended license.
Let’s take a look at Bynes’ car troubles:
March 7: Stopped by the LAPD for talking on her cell phone while driving. Reportedly split the scene before the deputy could finish writing her up. She later returned to the police station to sign the ticket. The day before that incident she tweeted the M.I.A. lyric, “Live fast die young bad girls do it well!”
April 6: Arrested on a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence after getting into a minor fender bender with a cop car around 3 a.m. According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Bynes tried to pass a police car when she rear-ended the cruiser. She reportedly refused a Breathalyzer or blood alcohol test at the time.
April 9: Her father, Rick Bynes, told People magazine that his daughter was not drunk and that she “doesn’t drink.” He blamed her seemingly intoxicated behavior on her being “upset and very emotional” about being arrested.
April 10: TMZ reported that Bynes smashed her rental car into another vehicle on an L.A. freeway and then fled the scene.
May 27: She denied the DUI allegations on Twitter, writing, “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.”
June 6: An attorney for Bynes entered a not guilty plea on her behalf for the April DUI arrest. In a bizarre twist, Bynes tweeted out a plea to none other than President Obama for some help with her legal troubles. “Hey @BarackObama … I don’t drink. Please fire the cop who arrested me. I also don’t hit and run. The end.”
August 4: A motorist reported that Bynes rear-ended her vehicle on Ventura Boulevard, stopped briefly, claimed there was no damage and drove off. The woman claimed there was $800 in damage and that Bynes did not provide proof of insurance or wait for police to be called before driving off. Bynes told police the two women agreed there was no harm after the low-speed collision.
August 25: According to the Los Angeles Times, the California Department of Motor Vehicles suspended Bynes’ license on this date. According to reports, though, she continued to cruise around town afterward in her black BMW 5 series.
September 4: The Los Angeles City attorney charged Bynes in two different hit-and-run incidents, from April 10 and August 4.
September 9: An LAPD officer pulled Bynes over for driving without her headlights on, but did not check her license or cite her.
September 13: TMZ posted images of Bynes smoking from a possible marijuana pipe in her car before driving around aimlessly in L.A. for hours on her suspended license.
September 14: While driving around West Hollywood, Bynes reportedly tapped the bumper of another car, leaving little to no damage, but adding to her litany of vehicular hiccups.
September 16: After being ordered by a judge not to drive, Bynes was stopped and cited for driving with a suspended license. Police impounded her car near the Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, California, and handed her a misdemeanor citation after they observed her parking in a no-parking zone and driving around aimlessly near the valet area. The latest incident sparked comment from no less a vehicular-woes authority than Lindsay Lohan, who tweeted, “Why did I get put in jail and a Nickelodeon star has had NO punishment(s) so far?” (Coincidentally, Lohan herself was arrested Wednesday after a hit-and-run accident.)
September 17: Stepping out of her car for a bit, TMZ reported that Bynes locked herself in the dressing room of a West Hollywood clothing store for two hours.
September 19: The judge in the DUI case told Amanda’s lawyers that if she breaks any driving laws again he will impose a very high bail, according to TMZ. The district attorney had been asking for $50,000 bail for the April DUI arrest, arguing that she’s proven repeatedly that she’s a hazard on the road.
Despite her troubles, Bynes reached out to People magazine on Wednesday to say that she is “doing amazing.” She reiterated that she’s retired from acting, but said she has other big plans. “I am moving to New York to launch my career,” she said. “I am going to do a fashion line. I am not talking about being arrested for DUI because I don’t drink, and I don’t drink and drive. It is all false.”