Actress Amanda Bynes was hospitalised for a mental health evaluation after deputies said she started a small fire in the driveway of a home in Southern California.
Officers responding to an emergency call on Monday night found Bynes, 27, standing next to the flames in the city of Thousand Oaks, according to county sheriff’s Capt. Don Aguilar.
It was determined she met the criteria for a mental health hold and Bynes was taken into custody.
She can be held for up to 72 hours of observation. No charges were filed, Aguilar said.
Richard Hutton and David Feldman, who are listed as Bynes’ lawyers in industry databases, refused to comment Tuesday.
The former Nickelodeon actress has had several run-ins with the law in California.
In December, the Hairspray star resolved a misdemeanour hit-and-run case after entering into a civil settlement with other drivers.
She was charged last year with driving on a suspended licence after it was temporarily taken away from her following two hit-and-run cases. She also pleaded not guilty to drink driving in a separate case.
Earlier this month Bynes appeared in a New York court on allegations that she threw a marijuana bong out the window of her 36th-floor Manhattan apartment.
In the late 1990s and early 2000s Bynes was one of the hottest actors on kids TV.
Beginning in 2000, she won four consecutive Kids Choice Awards for best television actress, the first for her role in the ensemble kids comedy-variety show All That and the others for her starring vehicle The Amanda Show.
She also received Kids Choice Awards for best movie actress awards in 2003 and 2004 for the films Big Fat Liar and What A Girl Wants.
- via AAP