Amanda Bynes Out Of Jail After Arrest For Alleged Throwing Of Bong From Her Nyc ApartmentActress Amanda Bynes has been released from jail following her arrest for allegedly throwing a bong out the window of her 36th-floor apartment in New York City this week.
On Friday, the troubled American actress appeared in court looking disheveled wearing a platinum blonde wig, a black sweatshirt and gray sweatpants.
The actress has been released on her own recognizance meaning she has pledged to subscribe to a certain course of conduct as her trial moves on.
On Thursday, Bynes, who rose to fame for her roles in Nickelodeon kids shows, was arrested after Rudy Toro, the building manager at The Biltmore on West 47th street in Manhattan, called the authorities after reportedly seeing Bynes smoking marijuana in the lobby of the luxury building.
The incident, which happened around 7:40 p.m. on Thursday, resulted in officers going to the actress’s apartment.
According to a source who talked to the New York Daily News, authorities who went to the apartment found that it smelled of marijuana.
“They knocked on the door. She answered after about five minutes and invited them in. They smelled marijuana and there was smoke. They saw the bong — it was in plain view. It looks like she realized they saw it, so she took it and threw it out the window,” the police source told the publication.
Fortunately, the bong never hit anyone on the street below. It has not been recovered yet and authorities surmise it may have fallen on a ledge or terrace below Bynes’ apartment.
The actress is currently facing charges of unlawful possession of marijuana, reckless endangerment and attempted tampering with physical evidence.
The lawyer of the 27-year-old actress has denied the charges and said that the police entered the apartment illegally saying “Clearly a search was made for the bong and nothing was recovered. My client completely denies ever having thrown anything out the window. She was followed illegally into her apartment for no reason.”
In her appearance in court, Bynes reportedly thanked and told the judge to have a nice day before being released. She is expected to appear again in the New York court in July 9.
After her release, she rode a taxi back to her apartment. However, she reportedly got into a row with the taxi driver for paying $20 for a $27 fare, the New York Daily News reports. She was given $20 by her lawyer after the court appearance, the publication notes.
The arrest also possibly leads to more legal trouble for the actress as her arrest may be grounds for her to be charges with breaking probation conditions for a prior legal trouble in California. The actress drove using a suspended license near Burbank Airport in California September last year.
“One of the conditions of her probation is obeying all laws ... if there is a law violation, there could be a probation violation,” said Denny Wei, an assistant prosecutor in Burbank, the New York Daily News reported.
During her court appearance, Bynes reportedly repeatedly asked that members of the media not be allowed inside the courtroom.
At one point, she also reportedly had an animated conversation with her attorney inside a sound-proof cubicle. The actress is also reported to have made weird faces, mumbled to herself and stared blankly during the court session.