Amanda Bynes is safe inside a Pasadena, Calif., mental facility, which we can all agree is probably the best place for her right now, as sad as it is to say.
That doesn’t mean she sees it that way, though. At all.
Bynes’ parents, with the help of her friend Sam Lutfi, created an elaborate scheme to get her on a plane from New York to L.A. and committed against her will.
It all went down last Thursday and Friday, with Lutfi running point on the ruse to fool Amanda Bynes into coming home to California … to sue her parents.
Playing on Amanda’s distrust of Rick and Lynn Bynes might seem like a troubling way of accomplishing their goal, but it got results as she got on a plane.
Once she landed, Lutfi convinced her to take a car service to what she believed was a Pasadena law office for a meeting about suing her parents for abuse.
The building was actually a mental facility.
When she walked in the front door, she was restrained and involuntarily committed, placed under a 5150 hold that was just extended another two weeks.
Not surprisingly, given the nature of the actress’ relationship with her parents in the first place, being duped in this manner has not helped mend fences.
The star feels utterly betrayed by her parents and says that after this, their relationship is "destroyed forever," though it’s unclear how much worse it could get.
She’s had a poor, or at least very strained, relationship with her dad for years, but she had warm feelings for her mom prior to this, TMZ sources report.
Now those are pretty much ancient history, as well.
In the women’s lockdown section of the facility, Amanda has been showing fits of anger as doctors wait for the medication she’s been given to hopefully take hold.
There’s a long-term problem brewing, of course.
In the case of Britney Spears, who recovered from a 5150 hold to revitalize her life and career, she bought in to father Jamie Spears working as her conservator.
Almost seven years later and he still is. Britney has mental issues, but unconditionally trusts and loves the man entrusted to help her manage them.
The same cannot be said of Amanda Bynes.
Can any medication get her to a mentally stable place where she can be effectively treated, and entrusted to the care of her parents, given this disdain?
If so, it is very much an uphill battle.