Amanda Bynes Formally Seeks End of Conservatorship

Actress makes the legal request, and her parents are in favor
By Liz MacGahan,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 14, 2021 2:43 PM CDT
Updated Feb 27, 2022 5:30 AM CST
Actress' Conservatorship Extended After Quiet Months
A screen shot of Amanda Bynes.   (YouTube/Access Hollywood)

(Newser) Updated: Amanda Bynes says it's time her conservatorship went the way of Britney's. The 35-year-old actress and former child star has formally requested that her nine-year conservatorship end, reports Page Six. "She believes her condition is improved and protection of the court is no longer necessary," her attorney tells People. What's more, her parents—who have been in charge of her finances all this time—are all in favor of it ending, reports TMZ. A hearing is scheduled for March 22. Our story from September follows:

Amanda Bynes is going to spend a couple more years under a conservatorship. The actress rose to stardom in the early ‘00s but hit a wall in 2013 when she was 27, with a couple of DUIs and some other legal trouble. Her mom, Lynn, was granted a temporary conservatorship then, and has been managing her finances and other aspects of her life since then. Bynes appeared to be having a tough time last year, announcing an engagement and a pregnancy, both of which seem to have ended. Since then, the 35-year-old has been out of the news. On Monday, a judge extended the arrangement, keeping Bynes in her mom’s care until 2023, Us Weekly reports.

Details are scarce and the ruling is sealed, but as recently as last year a lawyer for the actress, who hasn’t had a role since Easy A in 2010, said she was being treated for mental health issues and not problems with drugs and alcohol. Before that, the last time Bynes surfaced on social media was to announce on Twitter that she’d graduated from the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles. Like Bynes, Britney Spears, has been under a conservatorship since private troubles turned into public scandal. Spears has been fighting—with some success—to run her own life. Spears’ father, Jamie Spears, has filed to end the arrangement. (Britney and longtime boyfriend Sam Asghari recently announced their engagement.)

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