Amanda Bynes Appears in Court, Says Bong Was Just a Vase, Released on Recognizance

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Amanda Bynes appeared in court Friday, offered a classic excuse for the antics that got her arrested last night, and was released on her own recognizance.

She will be back in court in July.

What began with a disturbance call ended with Amanda Bynes arrested for marijuana possession, evidence tampering and reckless endangerment late Thursday.

The latter two offenses were allegedly committed when she tossed a bong out of her 36th-floor window ... though she claims it was "just a vase."

Seriously, she said that. As for the pot charge, that stems from her allegedly blazing up in the lobby of her building, which led a doorman to call the cops.

Shortly after 11 a.m. this morning, the former child star showed up in court in a blonde wig, gray sweats and a baggy black sweater, looking blase.

That wig was also evident in the viral arrest video taken on the street as she was hauled out of her building, and in Amanda Bynes' mug shot.

Her lawyer, Andrew Friedman, said his client denies throwing a bong out of a window and claims that police illegally followed her into her apartment.

Prosecutors pushed to hold her in lieu of bail, but the judge cut her loose. Bynes told the judge to "have a nice day" and jumped into a waiting cab.

As for the insanity last night, the criminal complaint from the incident says officers responding to the lobby incident found a bong on her kitchen counter.

According to the report, the law enforcement official, wearing a "full police uniform," asked Amanda about the bong and the actress flipped out.

It's not clear whether her door was open or she invited the police in.

The officer said, "I observed [Amanda] grab said bong, run to the westbound-facing window, and throw it out the window where numerous pedestrians were walking."

Thirty-six floors down, on 8th Ave. and West 47th Street. Bynes was then arrested for reckless endangerment, drug possession and evidence tampering.

Bynes has a history of DUI and other automobile-related cases, not to mention provocative Tweets and almost daily media accounts of unusual behavior.

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Jenn Swain - And the amazing duo does it again! These ptruices captured those moments that no one ever wants to forget (even in the 100 degree weather) They are beautiful, thanks girls!8.13.2012 10:46 am

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Being hauled out of her own apartment while having a quiet puff on a bong is not exactly her seeking attention.

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ask arnold Schwarzenegger about pot.
..THERE IS NOTHING SERIOUS ABOUT IT!!
(quite harmless)

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So she retires from acting but has now become a "hot" mess and currently starring in an ongoing drama. Seems like she just wants attention and will do just about anything to get it. Her friends and family need to stage an intervention before she does something seriously dangerous even fatal. Hopefully she'll get back on stable ground and leave her histrionics behind.

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Acting like a drugged out cuckoo bird is about the only way she can get herself in front of the camera these days... So sad. She needs some serious help.

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Isn't evident? She's having a mental breakdown, someone help her.

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Wow, she is going crazy, please someone help her!

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Who is this idiot, and why does anyone give a crap about her in the first place? Do we really need TWO Lindsey Lohans?

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@ JimmyT

You know...the same could be said about you too....douchebag much?