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Amanda Bynes found competent to answer arrest charges

Actress Amanda Bynes attends the premiere of the motion picture sci-fi thriller "Race to Witch Mountain", at the El Capitan Theatre in Los Angeles on March 11, 2009. (UPI Photo/Jim Ruymen)
1 of 2 | Actress Amanda Bynes attends the premiere of the motion picture sci-fi thriller "Race to Witch Mountain", at the El Capitan Theatre in Los Angeles on March 11, 2009. (UPI Photo/Jim Ruymen) | License Photo

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 22 (UPI) -- Troubled U.S. actress Amanda Bynes has been found mentally competent to stand trial on criminal charges against her, People reported.

The magazine quoted minutes from a Los Angeles Superior Court mental health hearing held Wednesday as saying, "Defendant found mentally competent. Criminal proceedings are reinstated."

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Since April 2012, Bynes, 27, has been arrested on charges of driving while intoxicated, hit-and-run, driving with a suspended license and tossing a marijuana pipe out of a Manhattan high-rise apartment building.

She was hospitalized for several weeks during the summer because of her erratic behavior and has been undergoing treatment at a rehab facility.

Bynes' mother, Lynn, has been granted indefinite legal control over her daughter's well-being and finances while she recovers.

Bynes is the former star of Nickelodeon sketch comedy series "The Amanda Show." Her film credits include "What a Girl Wants" and "Hairspray."

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