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Amanda Bynes' bong-toss case to be dismissed

Amanda Bynes appears at the 2011 MTV Movie Awards in Los Angeles on June 5, 2011. (Chris Pizzello)

January 10, 2014 12:00:00 AM PST
The bong-toss case against Amanda Bynes will be dismissed as long as she stays out of trouble and attends counseling.

On Friday, a Manhattan judge offered the actress adjournment in contemplation of dismissal, which means the troubled actress does not have to admit guilt. It is neither a form of probation, nor a conviction.

Under the judge's conditions, the "Hairspray" actress must attend counseling twice a week.

Bynes did not appear in court, but an affidavit filed on her behalf by attorney Gerald Shargel said she understood the agreement.

The troubled actress has been in the news in recent months for a series of scrapes with the law and some bizarre public behavior.

In May, Bynes was arrested for reckless endangerment and marijuana possession after building officials called police to complain that the actress was smoking pot in the lobby of her Manhattan apartment.

Responding officers saw heavy smoke and a bong sitting on the kitchen counter of her 36th-floor apartment. They said the actress tossed the bong out the window in front of them.

She showed up to court in July wearing a long teal wig, black sweatpants and a tank top.

Later that month, the 27-year-old was detained by police after she allegedly started a fire in a residential driveway in Thousand Oaks.

In December 2012, she resolved a misdemeanor hit-and-run case after entering into a settlement with other drivers. She was put on probation after driving on a suspended license, which had been temporarily been taken away following two hit-and-run cases. She was accused of leaving the scene without providing proper information.

She has also pleaded not guilty to driving under the influence of alcohol in a separate case.

Following her arrests, Bynes spent some time in the psychiatric wing of UCLA Medical Center. She was then moved to a rehab facility in Malibu in August.

She is now recovering at her parents' home in Los Angeles and is "looking into various colleges with the intention of majoring in fashion design", according to Tamar Arminak, an attorney for Bynes' mother.

Bynes rose to fame starring in Nickelodeon's "All That" and has also starred in several films, including 2010's "Easy A."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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