LOS ANGELES, Nov. 16 (UPI) -- Troubled starlet Amanda Bynes has apologized for making alarming remarks about wanting to harm her parents and insists she is trying her best to get better.
The 28-year-old actress has been hospitalized several times to undergo treatment she said is for bipolar disorder.
Her once-bright career on TV's The Amanda Show and What I Like About You, and in films such as Hairspray and What a Girl Wants, has been eclipsed in recent years by reports of her erratic behavior, substance abuse and brushes with the law.
Bynes issued a statement to Access Hollywood Saturday through her lawyer David Esquibias after a private recording made by a former roommate last week was posted online. Bynes can be heard ranting on the audio and saying about her father, "Nothing would give me greater pleasure than slitting his throat."
"I'm sorry I trusted people who clearly were not my friends and capitalized on my illness. I am doing my best to get better. I am truly sorry for the statements I made. I am sorry for any pain I caused my family and others," Bynes said in Saturday's statement.
"I am thankful for everyone's patience and understanding. I never expected others to take advantage and profit from my condition. I'm disappointed with those who lulled me into a false sense of security only to find out they really are only interested in selling my privacy to the media."
Esquibias also told Access Hollywood he is "disgusted by TMZ" and its decision to post the recording.
"The audio is not news and it's not even gossip," Esquibias said. "Amanda sees her doctors four days a week and I'm in contact with her all day, every day. Publishing audio like that does not help Amanda at all. The media needs to be more responsible."