Amanda Bynes somehow managed to convince an officer at the mental health facility where she was on her 5150 hold to let her go free early, but that doesn’t mean she’s completely off the hook. Her parents still have a conservatorship over her money and while Amanda has tried to fight that, a judge isn’t having it and won’t give her full access to her funds.
On Friday, the actress sent a lawyer, Art Santiago, to appear in court on her behalf to contest a temporary conservatorship placed by a judge earlier this month that gives her mother control over her medical and financial decisions until at least February next year.
With both of Bynes’ parents, Rick and Lynn, present in the courtroom, the judge ruled that Santiago could not legally represent the star because he is not her court-appointed attorney, thus striking out her bid for legal and financial freedom.
Saying he’s been in contact with Bynes for the past two weeks, Santiago told the judge he “convinced her to voluntarily take her medication” and has been “following her progress.”
“I’ve been dealing with her for the past two weeks and believe I’m the only one she can trust,” Santiago added.
Frankly, I don’t know how the girl has any money left given her proclivities for drugs and buying strangers jewelry that costs thousands of dollars (and God knows what else). Oh, well. This is one smart decision that’s been made in this sad case.