Former Child Star Recently Released From Rehab

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Actress Amanda Bynes is expected to appear in court in Manhattan on Thursday.

The 27-year-old actress was arrested in May after being accused of smoking marijuana in the lobby of a midtown Manhattan building and then throwing a bong out the window of her 36th floor apartment.

She is charged with possession of marijuana, reckless endangerment and tampering with evidence.

Bynes has denied the charges.

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

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.

In the months following her arrest, Bynes, who is known for her roles in films like “Hairspray,” frequently showed up to court alone, dressed bizarrely and hiding under multi-colored wigs, CBS 2’s Amy Dardashtian reported.

In July, Bynes was placed in psychiatric care after deputies said she started a small fire in the driveway of a home in Southern California.

Her family’s attorney told People magazine the actress has just completed rehab and is recovering at her parent’s home.

The actress rose to fame a decade ago as a major star on Nickelodeon. She has since shed her wholesome image. Weeks prior to her arrest, the former Nickelodeon star garnered national attention for posting odd videos and racy pictures on Twitter.

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