Actress Amanda Bynes was released from a court case that put her life and financial decisions in her parents’ control for nearly nine years.
Entura County Superior Court Judge Roger Lund terminated the conservatorship Tuesday at a hearing in the Southern California city of Oxnard, her attorney David A. Esquibias said.
“The court finds that guardianship is no longer required and that the grounds for establishing guardianship of the person no longer exist,” Mr Lund wrote in court documents outlining the case before issuing his decision.
Bynes, now 35, rose to fame as a teenager on two Nickelodeon shows, but mental health issues, substance abuse and the law prompted her parents to establish judicial control through a conservatory in 2013.
Mr Lund said this week that Bynes has demonstrated the competence to manage her own affairs, including her mental health and other medical treatments.
Bynes’ conservatory unfolded and ended much quieter and less contentious than that of Britney Spears, who had a long, often bitter and public struggle to free herself from a similar arrangement.
Bynes’ parents agreed that the conservatory should end, and no one else objected to the court’s decision. Her mother, Lynn Bynes, has served as her conservator since its inception almost nine years ago.
At the time, her parents told the court they were deeply concerned that their then 27-year-old daughter could have harmed herself or others if they were not allowed to take control of her medical care and finances.
They said Bynes had been acting in a disturbing manner and was convinced she was being watched through smoke detectors and her car’s dashboard. Her parents feared she was also planning unnecessary and dangerous cosmetic surgeries.
The year before the conservatory was established, Bynes was arrested in New York for selling a marijuana bong from her apartment at 36 License.
Her parents said she also set fire to the driveway of a home in Thousand Oaks, the Los Angeles suburb where she grew up.
Bynes was 13 when she landed her own hit variety program The Amanda Show on Nickelodeon and also appeared on the network’s sketch series All That.
She has starred in the TV series What I Like About You and in films such as What a Girl Wants, Hairspray and She’s the Man.
She hasn’t acted since the 2010 Emma Stone film Easy A and has publicly said she’s retired from acting.
Bynes has said in interviews that she has been sober for several years and is studying at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising in Los Angeles.
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