REPORT: Former Child Star Amanda Bynes Found Wandering Naked In LA, Placed On Psychiatric Hold

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Former child star Amanda Bynes was reportedly placed on a psychiatric hold after she was allegedly found wandering the streets of downtown Los Angeles naked early Sunday morning.

Bynes was spotted near downtown L.A. without any clothes on, a witness told TMZ. She allegedly waved down a car and told the driver she was coming down from a psychotic episode, and then called 911 on herself, according to the report.

Bynes was brought to a local station, law enforcement sources told the outlet. A mental health team checked the former child star and placed her under a 5150 psychiatric hold, TMZ reported. She is currently in the hospital at the time of writing and will remain there for several days to receive treatment, another source close to Bynes told the outlet. A 5150 hold typically only extends for 72 hours, but in certain circumstances it can be drawn out.

The star was not hurt during the alleged incident, but TMZ reported things could have been a lot worse given the neighborhood where she was purportedly discovered. L.A. District Attorney George Gascon recently set up a program to shuttle city workers safely through the area following a series of incidents where public officials were apparently confronted by members of the public. (RELATED: Famous Child Star Freed From 9-Year Conservatorship, Reports From 2013 Suggest She Probably Needed One At The Time)

Almost exactly one year ago in 2022, Bynes was freed from a 9-year conservatorship, shortly after fellow child-star-turned-pop-icon Britney Spears was released from her own.