Jennie Garth says she tried reaching out to her former TV sister Amanda Bynes, who is dealing with some legal turmoil stemming from driving incidents, but that she has not been able to contact her.
The 26-year-old troubled actress and former child star is currently facing several charges of alleged DUI, hit-and-runs as well as driving with a suspended license. She has pleaded not guilty to all of them, including to the latter on Monday.
"I tried reaching out to her and I haven't been able to reach her," Garth, 40, told Us Weekly magazine at ELLE magazine's 19th annual "Women in Hollywood" event in Los Angeles on Monday. "My heart feels for whatever she is going through and I love her dearly."
Bynes has not commented about her remarks. She and Garth, a former "Beverly Hills, 90210" star and a mother of three, played sisters on the comedy series "What I Like About You," which aired on the WB network between 2002 and 2006.
Bynes rose to fame as a child star with a role in the Nickelodeon series "All That" and later appeared in movies such as "What a Girl Wants," "Hairspray" and "Easy A."
On April 10, a person told police that Bynes rear-ended their car on a Los Angeles highway and fled the scene. She was not arrested.
The second alleged hit-and-run incident occurred days after she was booked for allegedly driving drunk and crashing into a cop car. Bynes pleaded not guilty to DUI in June and in late May, Tweeted: "I can't help but laugh at all of you writing fake stories about me. I was not in any hit and runs. I don't drink so the DUI is false."
Prosecutors reopened the first suspected hit-and-run case after a second one surfaced in early August. A Los Angeles woman filed a police report in which she claimed that Bynes rear-ended her on a busy street in the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles and fled the scene. Bynes has not commented.
Each count of hit-and-run, driving with a suspended license and DUI carries a maximum sentence of six months in jail. All of Bynes' charges are misdemeanors. In Los Angeles, most non-violent offenders are released from custody early due to overcrowding.
Bynes was later charged with two counts of driving with a suspended license. She lost her driving privileges in early September following the two car accidents and the separate DUI arrest in West Hollywood.
On the 16th of the month, authorities pulled Bynes over near Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, California, for driving with a suspended license. Her car was impounded, but she was not arrested.
According to E! Online, the California Department of Motor Vehicles suspended her license due to unpaid parking tickets. She is due back in court in late November.
Bynes has stayed away from the press in the past few months but she did tell People magazine in a phone interview in late September she is "doing amazing," adding: "I am retired as an actor. I am moving to New York to launch my career. I am going to do a fashion line. I am not talking about being arrested for DUI because I don't drink, and I don't drink and drive. It is all false."
The actress had announced in June 2010 that she had quit acting only to claim a month later she had "unretired," just ahead of the release of "Easy A."
(Pictured above: Amanda Bynes appears in a mug shot released by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department on April 6, 2012 after her DUI arrest. / Amanda Bynes appears in a scene from the 2010 movie "Easy A.")