Amanda Bynes denies ever doing drugs... after telling police object thrown from apartment window during arrest was 'just a vase'
- Released without bail after Friday court hearing
- Doorman 'called police after Bynes smoked a spliff in the lobby'
- Her lawyer claims she was 'illegally followed inter her apartment by police'
- Bynes was briefly taken to hospital for psychiatric assessment
- Concerned parents 'seeking conservatorship'
- Police return to scene Friday seeking evidence and gathering statements
Amanda Bynes has denied denied ever doing drugs after being charged in court for reckless endangerment.
She took to Twitter to plead her innocence hours after her turning up at a New York court in connection with claims she threw a marijuana bong out of her Manhattan apartment building.
The 27-year-old former child star, who looked dishevelled in a blonde wig and jogging bottoms, was arrested Thursday evening after building officials at her midtown apartment called police to complain she was rolling a joint and smoking cannabis in the lobby.
In court: Amanda Bynes was in a disheveled state as she faced the judge with her messy wig on in New York on Friday
Two mug shots: The actress posed with her wig on following her arrest on Thurdsday, but was later forced to remove it for her official picture
Court documents: A policeman was carrying Amanda's booking sheet
And while she made no formal plea at the appearance, she pleaded her innocence via her Twitter page and even reached for levity by making fun of her appearance.
The unpredictable former Nickelodeon favourite wrote: '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!'
However two shocking mug shots have since emerged of the former child star star.
She initially posed for a booking photo in her platinum blonde wig but was later forced to remove it - and reveal her shaved head - for her official police picture.
She scowled in both frames and appeared to have heavy bags under her eyes. Amanda announced she shaved half her head in April, claiming a hair stylist 'fried' it with bleach. It's unclear exactly when she cut off the rest of her long locks.
Plausible deniability?: The actress tried to persuade her followers she is a clean living young lady
The officers went to her apartment on the 36th floor where they said they saw heavy smoke and a bong sitting on the kitchen counter. They said she tossed the bong out the window in front of them, prosecutors said.
A incident report quotes the officer as saying: 'I observed [Amanda] grab said bong, run to the westbound-facing window, and throw it out the window where numerous pedestrians were walking on the 8 Avenue and West 47 Street sidewalks below.'
She then said to police: 'It was just a vase,' according to Manhattan assistant district attorney Chikaelo Ibeabuchi.
Police returned to the apartment on Friday evening looking for more evidence and gathering witness statements, according to TMZ.
The night doorman and two other apartment building employees who were there when Bynes allegedly was smoking pot in the lobby gave statements to police.
Officers also went upstairs to the floor of Bynes' apartment seeking more witness statements.
Struggling to keep her hair on: She adjusted her wig during the hearing
With her lawyer: Her attorney says she absolutely denies the bong-toss incident
Bynes called authorities herself during the dramatic arrest, sources tell In Touch magazine.
'She called 911, saying cops were going to assault her,' an insider told the publication.
Her attorney for the arraignment Andrew Friedman told the court: 'My client completely denies illegally throwing anything out of her window.'
He claims she was illegally followed into her apartment by police.
The judge released her on her own recognizance and gave her a July 9 court date.
Unrecogniseable: The Hollywood star's look has changed dramatically since her rise to fame
Friendly goodbye: She told the judge to 'have a nice day' after she was dismissed from court
Thursday, Bynes was held overnight at a police precinct. She pulled up to court Friday morning in a squad car where she was greeted by a crush of media. She was also charged with attempted tampering with evidence and unlawful possession of marijuana, all misdemeanors.
'I don't want any photos. No press are allowed in here,' she announced to the public courtroom.
Her lawyer said she had no record in New York, but the judge noted she had several out-of-state cases.
In California in December, the former Hairspray star resolved a misdemeanor hit-and-run case after entering into a civil settlement with other drivers.
Also in California, she was charged last fall with driving on a suspended license after it was temporarily taken away from her after two hit-and-run cases where she was accused of leaving the scene without providing proper information. She has also pleaded not guilty to drunken driving in a separate case.
Over: She was escorted out of the court house by police
Free to go: She left court alone in a taxi
Cover up: She used her fake hair to shield her face
Unkempt: Her pink fake nails were chipped off on some fingers
Hair-raising: Her wig was in quite a state as she headed home
Free to go: She was released without bail
In releasing her, Chief New York County Judge Neil Ross gave her a stern warning not to make trouble or miss any court dates.
'I do want to make sure you understand,' he said. 'If you get arrested again ... I'm going to be setting very, very significant bail.'
'OK,' she replied.
Back on twitter: After court, Amanda retweeted a fans pic of her with the acronym ILYSM (I love you so much)
'You're in a very, very challenging situation right now,' he said.
Assistant district attorney Ibeabuchi had asked for $1,000 bail. He said no bong was recovered from the street below - a sign, her attorney said, that Bynes was telling the truth.
'There was nothing recovered from the sidewalk, clearly a search was made for the bag,' said Friedman of the New York County Defender Services. He said she was followed illegally into her apartment and has made a complaint about police wrongfully entering.
Bowing her head: She hid her face as she arrived for the hearing
Trouble: The former child star was in handcuffs
As the judge dispensed with her case, she said, 'Thank you sir, have a nice day.'
The star then got into a waiting yellow cab ringed with photographers and TV cameras and left.
The former Nickelodeon star has been exhibiting erratic behaviour of late with some eyebrow-raising public outings and online postings.
Two men who claimed they attended an impromptu house party at Bynes' Manhattan apartment last month said they witnessed Bynes smoking marijuana atop a bare mattress in her bedroom.
The men told In Touch magazine in an article this week that Bynes' home was filthy and filled with marijuana, presenting photos to back up their claims.
Hiding: The star kept her head down as she arrived in a police car
Spiral: She was arrested on charges of reckless endangerment, tampering with evidence, and criminal possession of marijuana
Document: The officer was carrying her booking sheet
The men said that Bynes' home was virtually unfurnished and windows were spray painted black.
Bynes jumped to her own defense on Wednesday night on Twitter. She posted a tweet saying: 'That’s not my bed! Those aren’t my toes! My toes are pedicured!'
In another strange incident, TMZ reported on Thursday that Bynes was stopped from boarding a private jet last weekend for not having correct identification.
Since her driver's license has been suspended and she had no other form of ID, the actress told the pilot to search her name on Google to prove her identity.
Police escort: An officer walked with the handcuffed Bynes out of the New York City police station on Thursday evening
The pilot checked with the jet company, but they were adamant that no special treatment be given and Bynes was not allowed on the flight.
Look out below: Amanda allegedly tossed a bong out of her 36th floor apartment in New York City. She told police it was 'just a vase'
Her bizarre antics commenced with her retirement from acting and move last year to New York.
She is regularly on Twitter and has sent out some concerning tweets in which she asked Drake to 'murder her vagina' and posed topless while complaining about her weight.
TMZ reported earlier this year Amanda was evicted from her apartment for being a 'building nuisance,' as neighbours complained about smelling marijuana smoke from her abode.
The Easy A actress moved to the Big Apple to become a fashion designer last year, but the fruits of her labour have yet to surface.
She also didn't have much luck with her 2007 clothing line, Dear, after retailer Steve & Barry's filed for bankruptcy.
Amanda's concerned parents are said to be trying to get her placed under a conservatorship.
Rick and Lynn Bynes have reportedly visited several lawyers in a bid to sign over all legal, medical and financial control of her affairs to an external party.
Her parents' attempts have been unsuccessful so far, however.
Movie star: Amanda starred in the 2003 film What A Girl Wants with Colin Firth
A source told RadarOnline.com: 'Rick and Lynn have met with several lawyers that handle conservatorships in the past month, because they want to get a conservatorship of their daughter. They have been advised that even as disturbing as Amanda's behaviour is, it's very unlikely that a judge would sign off on a temporary conservatorship.
'Conservatorships are very hard to get, and being mentally ill and addicted to drugs isn't enough. Amanda hasn't ever been to rehab or ever agreed to see a mental health professional. Her parents are absolutely powerless to do anything at this point.'
Bynes' unraveling is reminiscent of another former child star - Britney Spears, who also shaved her head in 2007.
The pop star's father was granted a court-ordered conservatorship following the public meltdown.
Worried: The star with parents Rick and Lynn Bynes in 2004