NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Amanda Bynes on Saturday released a statement via Twitter, claiming a police officer sexually harassed her and touched her inappropriately the night before her arrest, and that the charges that she threw a bong out a window were “lies.”
Bynes, 27, was arrested Thursday night and was charged with possession of marijuana, reckless endangerment and tampering with evidence.
Police were called to Bynes’ luxury West 47th Street apartment building, after a building employee reported she was rolling, lighting and smoking a joint in the lobby.
When officers got up to her 36th floor apartment, police said they saw heavy smoke and a marijuana bong sitting on the kitchen counter. Police said she then tossed the bong out the window in front of them, according to prosecutors.
But in an extended statement tweeted through the Twitplus app Saturday, Bynes called the charges against her “lies” and claimed that it all started when one of the responding officers sexually harassed her the night before.
The statement in full said:
“Don’t believe the reports about me being arrested. It’s all lies. I was sexually harassed by one of the cops the night before last which is who then arrested me. He lied and said I threw a bong out the window when I opened the window for fresh air. Hilarious. He slapped my vagina. Sexual harassment. Big deal.
“I then called the cops on him,” the statement continued. “He handcuffed me, which I resisted, quite unlike any of the reports stated. Then I was sent to a mental hospital. Offensive. I kept asking for my lawyer but they wouldn’t let me. The cops were creepy. The cop sexually harassed me, they found no pot on me or bong outside my window. That’s why the judge let me go. Don’t believe any reports.”
On Saturday evening the NYPD announced that it was launching an Internal Affairs investigation into the incident.
“As it would with any such allegation, regardless of its credibility, IAB is investigating it,” NYPD Spokesman Paul Browne said.
A building manager who was present at the time of Bynes’ arrest told Internal Affairs that at no time did any officers touch her, 1010 WINS reporter Gary Baumgarten reported.