The struggle to guide Amanda Bynes down the straight and narrow path has been a long fought one. As the age-old saying goes, “It takes a village to raise a child/celebrity-in-crisis,” and Amanda herself had some extra help along the way.
In July, after the former Nickelodeon child star was arrested for setting a residential driveway in Thousand Oaks ablaze, she was arrested and then turned over to psychiatric professionals for an emergency, involuntary 51/50.
But her parents knew they needed to keep Amanda there for her own safety and well-being, so they recruited the services of Hunter Frederick, who owns a crisis management firm for celebs. He's also her former publicist.
A source told Hollyscoop exclusively, “Hunter was given exclusive information regarding Amanda’s condition”—her schizophrenia—“while under the 72-hour psychiatric hold,” which he then expertly “leaked” to various Hollywood media as a “source.”
“Hunter used these experts to sway media that Amanda was a diagnosed schizophrenic,” the source added.
In Amanda’s case, a hearing was set by a judge to determine whether her 72-hour psychiatric hold should be extended for a longer period of time. By the time Amanda went before a judge, there was enough convincing press and the judge ordered she stay in treatment.
She was recently released from rehab as an outpatient for the holidays this week.