With all the talk about Amanda Bynes being irresponsible, the embattled former Nickelodeon child star showed up on time at court today only to receive a stern warning from a Los Angeles judge overseeing her hit-and-run case. The judge admonished the 26-year-old actress to stay out of trouble or face jail time.
The Hairspray star’s driving license was suspended on September 12 after a string of traffic troubles, including a DUI charge and two counts of hit-and-run, but she ignored the ban and was back on the road the following day, when she was involved in a minor fender bender.
The 26 year old was caught behind the wheel again on Sunday when she was pulled over by Burbank, California police, who issued her a ticket for getting behind the wheel with a suspended license and impounded her black BMW 5-series.
Prosecutors appealed to Judge Elden Fox to impose $50,000 bail on Bynes following her additional legal issues, claiming she posed a risk to the public, but her lawyer headed to court on Wednesday to argue the request.
Judge Fox sided with Bynes’ representative and denied the motion for bail as the star’s most recent hit-and-run charge occurred on August 4, when she was still allowed to drive.
He stated: “Technically, Ms. Bynes is not in violation of order not to drive without a valid driver’s license.”
However, the judge made it clear that Bynes would face strict punishment if she was pulled over by traffic cops again and warned her lawyer she would face a much higher bail than the $50,000 proposed.
Bynes is due to stand trial for the DUI and hit-and-run charges on October 29.
Bynes also learned that her alleged hit and run victim, Kisa Bolinger has demanded a $15k settlement from the troubled actress in addition to the $1,500 in damages to her car according to RadarOnline.com.
The LAPD’s Valley Traffic Division investigated the Aug. 4 incident on Ventura Boulevard, in which a motorist said a vehicle driven by Bynes rear-ended and damaged her Toyota on Ventura Boulevard. The driver said Bynes stopped only briefly, declared there was no damage and drove off.
The woman told investigators her car was damaged and that Bynes failed to provide insurance information or allow police to be called before she left, Lt. Andrew Neiman said.
Lt. Andrew Neiman of the Los Angeles Police Department said investigators determined the Toyota had about $800 in damage, and the actress did not notify police or exchange insurance information as required by law. He said detectives will forward those findings to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office, which will decide whether to prosecute the matter, possibly as a hit-and-run case.
Neiman said investigators determined that the Toyota had about $800 in damage, and that the actress did not notify police or exchange insurance information as required by law.
Now according to Radar, Bolinger wants $15k settlement from Amanda even though she suffered no injuries.