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Mah-Hah! Amanda Bynes Faces Up to a Year in Jail

Amanda Bynes, 26. Police photo.

Amanda Bynes isn’t doing too well these days. The 26-year-old child star, whose sketch comedy program, The Amanda Show, ran from 1999 to 2002 on Nickelodeon, is facing up to a year in jail if convicted on two misdemeanor counts of hit-and-run. She is also facing a DUI charge. Bynes was involved in two collisions this year in which she allegedly drove away after striking a vehicle, once on April 10 and again on August 4. Four days before the April 10 incident, Bynes was charged with DUI for allegedly sideswiping an LA Sheriff’s Department cruiser. Bynes later tweeted ”Hey @BarackObama… I don’t drink. Please fire the cop who arrested me. I also don’t hit and run. The end.” Apparently, Bynes’s plea for a presidential pardon didn’t work —  the file on the April 10 case, originally rejected by prosecutors due to lack of witness evidence, was reopened following the August collision and Bynes was charged with hit-and-run Wednesday. In the August incident, Bynes reportedly didn’t give her insurance information or wait around long enough for the driver of the other vehicle to call police. In March, Bynes was pulled over by LA deputies for talking on her cell phone while driving and allegedly drove off before receiving her ticket.

The former Nickelodeon funny gal has had a handful of roles since starring as Holly Tyler on the teen series What I Like About You, which ran for 86 episodes between 2002 and 2006. Bynes most recently appeared in Easy A as a zealous Christian high schooler out to ruin Emma Stone’s character. That same year, she posed for Maxim and announced her retirement from acting via Twitter, telling her followers ”I don’t love acting anymore, so I’ve stopped doing it.” She later recanted that statement and said she was only taking time off, but nonetheless hasn’t had any roles since. On The Amanda Show, a spin-off of the immensely popular All That, Bynes played a variety of recurring characters, such as the Judge Judy parody Judge Trudy, or most notably, Crazy Courtney, a deranged prankster who used the catchphrase “Mah-Hah!” to convey both anger and triumph.

Bynes is due in court on September 27, when she will be arraigned on two counts of hit-and-run. She faces up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine for each count.

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