Embattled actress Amanda Bynes has been ruled mentally competent to stand trial for a charge of driving under the influence (DUI). The Hairspray star has been under medical care since July (13), when she was hospitalised for a mental health evaluation after weeks of erratic behaviour, which culminated in Bynes reportedly starting a small fire on a driveway in Thousand Oaks, California.
Recent reports suggested doctors had succeeded in stabilising her behaviour through psychological counselling, and on Wednesday (20Nov13), a judge at Los Angeles Mental Health Court reviewed her official medical evaluation and declared her fit to face the DUI case.
The 27 year old's lawyer, Richard Hutton, did not contest the decision during the hearing, which took place two months after he alleged his client did not have the mental capacity to understand the nature of the legal proceedings, reports TMZ.com.
The case relates to an arrest last year (12), when she was slapped with the DUI charge after allegedly side-swiping a police car in California.
Bynes, who has been placed under the temporary conservatorship of her mother, Lynn, is also facing charges in a separate case, following a police raid on her New York apartment in May (13). She stands accused of reckless endangerment, tampering with evidence and possessing marijuana after reportedly throwing a bong out of her window.
Kim Kardashian's embattled brother-in-law Lamar Odom has had his arraignment for a charge of driving under the influence (DUI) postponed until next month (Oct13). The basketball player, who is married to the reality TV star's sister Khloe, was due to answer the misdemeanour count in Van Nuys Courthouse in California on Friday (27Sep13), but his lawyer, Richard Hutton, attended on his behalf and requested a continuance.
The judge rescheduled Odom's arraignment for 10 October (13).
The DUI charge relates to the sportsman's arrest on 30 August (13), when he was allegedly caught driving too slowly on a Los Angeles highway. He was unable to complete a field sobriety test and then refused chemical tests to determine his reported level of intoxication in custody. His driver's licence was subsequently suspended as under California law, DUI suspects who refuse such tests are forced to give up their driving privileges for a year.
Friday's court date, which lasted just five minutes, fell on Odom and Khloe Kardashian's fourth wedding anniversary. It is unclear if the couple will be spending the day together following reports its marriage is on the rocks amid rumours of Odom's substance abuse issues.
He allegedly attempted to tackle his drug problems by checking into a rehab facility shortly after his August arrest, but he left the medical centre after just one day.
It's the latest drama in Odom's personal life - he is also facing a lawsuit from a paparazzo amid claims of assault, conversion and trespass of property relating to a confrontation this summer (13).
Amanda Bynes' lawyer has asked a New York judge to postpone a drug and reckless endangerment case relating to her arrest in May (13) for up to 18 months while the actress continues to undergo psychiatric treatment. The Hairspray star has been under doctors' care since July (13), when she was admitted to a California clinic for an emergency mental health evaluation after reportedly starting a small fire on a driveway in her parents' Thousand Oaks neighbourhood, and her attorney, Gerald Shargel, headed to Manhattan Criminal Court on her behalf on Thursday morning (26Sep13) to continue fighting charges against his client.
Shargel told the judge he was eager to reach a settlement with prosecutors in the actress' absence, stating, "If she's not able to be here it doesn't mean there can't be a resolution on the case... It's uncertain when she'll be released (from psychiatric care)."
The case has been adjourned until 5 December (13), but Shargel is hopeful to have worked out an agreement with the Manhattan District's Attorney by then, revealing that one of the options being discussed is court-ordered treatment for Bynes.
The New York court date occurred just two days after Bynes' Los Angeles lawyer, Richard Hutton, claimed she was not mentally fit to stand trial to face separate charges of driving under the influence. That case dates back to April, 2012, when she reportedly side-swiped a police car in California.
Meanwhile, Bynes' mother Lynn has dropped her bid to seek permanent conservatorship over the star, according to TMZ.com. She reportedly withdrew her petition ahead of a court date on Monday (30Sep13) as doctors have already been granted permission to keep the actress under close watch and have given Lynn the power to make medical and financial decisions for her daughter.
Actress Amanda Bynes is not mentally fit to stand trial, according to her lawyer. The Hairspray star was due in a Los Angeles court on Tuesday (24Sep13) to face driving under the influence charges from April 2012, but her attorney, Richard Hutton, explained to the judge she did not have the mental capacity to understand the nature of the legal proceedings.
The judge turned the case over to a mental health court, where another legal official will determine her mental competency, according to TMZ.com.
Tuesday's court date was related to an arrest last year, when she was charged with driving under the influence after allegedly side-swiping a police car in California.
She has been under doctors' care since July (13), when she was hospitalised under a mental health evaluation hold after reportedly starting a small fire on a driveway in her parents' Thousand Oaks neighbourhood of California.
Bynes' parents filed for conservatorship of their daughter's affairs shortly after she was institutionalised, and in August (13) her mother was granted temporary control over her legal and financial matters.
The actress is also facing counts of reckless endangerment, tampering with evidence and possessing marijuana after reportedly throwing a bong out of her New York apartment window during a police raid in May (13).
When Christie's London decided to stage its auction of photographs from the collection of Gert Elfering, "A Celebration of Kate Moss," Moss herself was reportedly nonplussed. Auction goers, a little less so. Christie's last set of offerings from Elfering brought $4,273,200. Of course it included a 1968 Richard Avedon of a previous Super Lauren Hutton that fetched $127,000.
There was an Irving Penn in the Moss sale with an estimate topping out at $109,970, which she probably makes for a day's work. So who knows? She is a part of fashion history, although it’s a chapter some are still disturbed by.
And maybe she actually is a work of art. Still what does it mean when a preeminent auction house thinks the subject of a photograph holds marquee value over the photograph itself? Heroin Chic has finally arrived?
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Model-turned-actress Lauren Hutton is not a fan of a digitally retouching old photos after discovering one of her classic shots has been reworked to make her look "like a Barbie doll". The Gambler star, 69, recently came across a modernised version of her memorable shoot with Richard Avedon, in which she posed in a World War II hat, and was shocked at what she saw.
She tells Interview magazine, "I saw that picture recently and it has been retouched now and painted and plasticised so much that I almost look like a Barbie doll.
"I'm wearing this white shirt and it's just the head and shoulders and my skin looks like it's made out of Naugahyde (vinyl)... That's what I see in various things on the Internet. You'll see that picture and it's been plasticised. It's pretty funny, some young guy who's just out of art school who's painted it up."
Amanda Bynes' lawyer has been granted a continuance in her driving under the influence (DUI) case in Los Angeles as the actress is close to striking a plea deal to avoid a stint in jail. The embattled star was slapped with the charge after allegedly crashing her black BMW into a police car in April, 2012.
She pleaded not guilty to the misdemeanour and was expected to head to trial over the accusation, but she looks set to escape a possible six-month sentence by working out an agreement with prosecutors.
One of her lawyers, Bob Wilson, appeared in a California courtroom on Thursday (18Jul13) to request more time to hammer out the deal, and his motion was approved.
Her lead defence lawyer, Richard Hutton, tells the New York Daily News, "We just need to talk to the prosecutor on a couple more details and we should be good."
The hearing will now continue on 22 August (13).
The DUI charge is one of three legal issues facing the Hairspray star - she is fighting a charge of driving on a suspended licence dating back to an arrest in California in September, 2012, while in her adopted home of New York. She is also accused of reckless endangerment, tampering with evidence and marijuana possession after reportedly throwing a bong out of her apartment window as police raided her home in May (13).
Amanda Bynes' Los Angeles lawyer has come to the embattled star's defence amid allegations of her bizarre behaviour, insisting reports about the actress' personal life are "way exaggerated". The Hairspray actress has been in and out of the headlines in recent months after a string of traffic incidents in California and her recent marijuana possession arrest in New York, and she has also raised eyebrows with her rants on Twitter.com, taking aim at fellow celebrities and lashing out at rumours suggesting she is mentally unstable.
But her attorney Richard Hutton, who is handling her DUI case following a motor arrest last year (12), insists she is being unfairly targeted.
He tells People.com, "I think (the reports) are way exaggerated. I think Amanda's fine. I have no problems with her whatsoever. She's a fine client. Every time I've talked to her, I've had nice, attorney-client normal relations with her."
Hutton is also convinced Bynes will escape prosecution relating to last week's (23May13) bust for marijuana possession, attempted tampering with physical evidence and reckless endangerment after reportedly throwing a bong out of the window of her apartment as police raided her home to investigate reports she had been smoking pot in the building's lobby - because he doesn't think prosecutors have enough evidence for the charges to stand up in court.
He adds, "The New York case doesn't seem like much of a case, really. I mean, come on. Even if you believe everything you hear, it's something that amounts to virtually nothing. And it's my understanding there's not much evidence to back that case up. There's no physical evidence to back it up. I understand there's no marijuana, no pipe."
His comments emerge a day after Bynes insisted her Big Apple legal representative was working on having the counts dropped. She also told fans she was planning to sue the New York Police Department over allegations the arresting officer sexually harassed her.
Embattled actress Amanda Bynes has been fined and placed on three years probation for driving on a suspended licence. The Hairspray star's lawyer, Richard Hutton, entered a no contest plea on his client's behalf during a court hearing in Los Angeles on Thursday (09May13), after she previously pleaded not guilty to the misdemeanour.
The judge overseeing the case ordered Bynes to stay out of trouble for three years, and warned not to drive without a valid licence or insurance. She was also ordered to pay a $300 (£194) fine, reports TMZ.com.
The count relates to a run-in with the law in Burbank, California in September (12), just two weeks after she was charged with two hit-and-runs, which resulted in her driving suspension. The hit-and-run accusations were subsequently dismissed after Bynes reached financial settlements with the alleged victims.
Bynes, who has since relocated to New York, has one other legal issue to attend to - she is still facing a charge of driving under the influence (DUI) relating to a separate motor mishap last year (12).
Her lawyer, Richard Hutton, has reached an agreement to settle with the victims in her two hit-and-run cases, and those charges were dismissed in court on Wednesday (12Dec12).
The Hairspray star is still facing counts of DUI and driving with a suspended license.
Bynes' problems began in April (12) when she allegedly smashed into a police car in Los Angeles. In August (12), she was behind the wheel of a rental car when she was rear-ended in a crash and fled the scene. The other motorist involved blamed Bynes’ recklessness for the accident.