Actress Amanda Bynes, Nickelodeon’s go to girl of the mid 1990s and early 2000s, was charged Wednesday with a two misdemeanor hit and run counts. News reports issued by the city attorney’s office in Los Angeles, reports that Bynes was allegedly involved in the incidents on April 10 and August 4th.
These most recent charges are in addition to charges which followed another arrest for driving under the influence on April 6th. On this date Bynes was arrested after she struck a police officer’s vehicle in West Hollywood at 3:00 am. She has pleaded not guilty to that drunk driving charge, and her bail was set at $5,000, although she was released without posting bail.
She was officially charged on June 5th for DUI and failing to complete the chemical test. Her father, Rick Bynes, claims that his daughter was not drinking at the time of the DUI arrest. She subsequently pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor DUI charge.
If Bynes is convicted of misdemeanor DUI she could face ten days to one year in jail, be forced to pay up to $2600 in fines and penalties, and have her license suspended for up to 10 months.
For her most recent mishaps Bynes is expected in the Van Nuys Superior Court on September 27th, and if she is convicted, the star could face a maximum sentence of up to six months in jail and/or fines up to $1,000 for each incident.
Bynes, who is a singer, actress and fashion designer has appeared in numerous television shows including All that and The Amanda Show. She also has appeared in several motion pictures including What a Girl Wants, Love Wrecked, She’s the Man, Hairspray, Sydney White and Easy A.
In recent years Bynes has been out of the public eye after claiming that she was retiring from acting in 2010. “Being an actress isn’t as fun as it may seem,” she wrote. “If I don’t love something anymore, I stop doing it. I don’t love acting anymore, so I’ve stopped doing it.”
Add Bynes to a list of growing actors who have been arrested for driving under the influence and reckless driving this year including Walking Dead Actor Scott Wilson, country legend Randy Travis, Yankees Pitcher Michael Pineda and Denver Broncos linebacker D.J. Williams. It seems fame and fortune do little to insulate these stars from bad decisions.
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