Former Child Star Denies Reckless Endangerment, Other Charges

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — A lawyer for former child star Amanda Bynes said he thinks her bong toss case will be resolved soon.

The 27-year-old actress is charged with possession of marijuana, reckless endangerment and tampering with evidence for allegedly tossing a marijuana bong from the window of her midtown Manhattan apartment in May.

Attorney Gerald Shargel said Thursday he’s working with prosecutors to resolve the case, which could mean that charges would be dropped if she agrees to stay out of trouble.

Bynes has denied the charges.

A day after her arrest Bynes posted on Twitter, “I only smoke tobacco I don’t drink or do drugs. I’ve never had a bong in my life! I need to get another nose job after seeing my mugshot!“

According to prosecutors, no bong was recovered and the actress’ attorney said that was a sign that his client was telling the truth.

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In a statement, Bynes later called the charges against her “lies” and claimed that it all started when one of the responding officers sexually harassed her the night before. Internal Affairs was reviewing that claim.

Days after her arrest, she posted a lengthy note on Twitter announcing that she’s suing the NYPD.

Bynes did not appear in Manhattan court Thursday because she remains in psychiatric care in California. She has been undergoing psychiatric treatment since July since deputies said she started a small fire in the driveway of a home in Southern California.

Last month, her mother was granted temporary control of her legal and financial affairs.

On Tuesday, a Los Angeles judge ruled Bynes is unfit to stand trial on an April 2012 drunken driving charge.

The actress rose to fame a decade ago as a major star on Nickelodeon. She has also starred in several films, including 2010′s “Easy A.”

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