Amanda Bynes Accuses Her Father of Molestation

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Amanda Bynes took to Twitter, her medium of choice over the past year, to air claims that her father is a sexual predator who verbally and physically abused her. Update: Amanda Bynes and her mother are now both denying these claims. Her mother released a statememnt to E! News and Amanda has backtracked through Twitter.

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Earlier this year, there were reports that the 28 year-old actress was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and schizophrenia—something her her mother later denied.

As far as we knew, Bynes has been living in Los Angeles attending the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising while under the care of her parents. On October 4th she was arrested for DUI and and things have sort of spiraled back downwards since then.

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If her accusations are true, I certainly hope she is about to remove him from her life and press charges if possible. Amanda Bynes clearly needs a lot of help and support and due to whatever underlying issue is behind her erratic public behavior, it's hard to gauge the veracity of her statements. However, if what she's saying is true, it would certainly make sense why she's fled to Los Angeles to escape them.

UPDATE

Amanda Bynes' mother has released a statement to E! News denying her daughter's claims.

"I am heartbroken today for my husband of 47 years," Lynn Bynes' attorney Tamar Arminak tells E! News exclusively in a statement on her behalf. "Rick has been the best father and husband a family can ask for. He has never abused Amanda or our other children physically or sexually. These accusations are absolutely horrible and could not be further from the truth! These allegations stem from Amanda's mental state at the moment. They have no basis in reality. It saddens me beyond belief that my husband's character could be slandered in such a way."

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UPDATE #2

Bynes is now denying her original accusations.

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Seize: it's about ethics in gossip journalism

Quick preemptive strike: 3 thinks about mental health and sex abuse which you should consider before commenting.

1) Mental illness does not predispose people toward committing violent acts, but it does put the mentally ill individual at an extremely high risk of being the victims of violence. This includes sexual assault.

2) Sexual abuse does not cause mental illness. The idea that women in particular will literally become mentally ill because of rape or abuse is sexist and is absolutely incorrect. Trauma can complicate underlying mental health problems, but it does not cause them.

3) There is no evidence that people with mental illness make false allegations of sexual assault with a greater frequency than people without mental illness. Sexual abuse is common, so if you want to argue that an allegation of sexual abuse is false, you must shoulder the burden of proof and explain why that particular allegation is exceptional.