Since 2013, Amanda Bynes has been in a conservatorship governed primarily by her mum. The year 2013 also marked a fall from grace for the actress, whose declining mental health became privy to the whole world.
This week's episode of Extraordinary Stores: What Happened to Amanda Bynes? takes a look at the star's legal arrangement and the need for the court systems to have better surveillance and reporting measures in place.
The revelation of Britney Spears' conservatorship has sparked questions around the very nature of conservatorships. How lawful can a system be when a young woman can be crushed under the weight of one during the prime of her life?
Watch: Amanda Bynes' first interview in recent years. Post continues below.
Extraordinary Stories looks at understanding how conservatorships of Spears and Bynes compare, investigating if the system is broken: especially for vulnerable women who have everything to lose.
Amanda Bynes' public unravelling.
After the incident in 2013, where the then 27-year-old set fire to a driveway in California, Bynes spent six months in rehab.
But sadly once out of rehab, the manic tweeting continued.
She accused her father, Rick Bynes, of sexually and emotionally abusing her as a child. Her mother, Lynn Bynes, made a statement saying the accusations were false, heartbreaking, and an indication of Amanda’s poor mental health. The next day Amanda tweeted again, saying that she had made up the allegations.
"My dad never did any of those things. The microchip in my brain made me say those things, but he’s the one that ordered them to microchip me."
It was soon revealed Bynes had been diagnosed with bipolar and depression.