Friends Say Amanda Bynes Needs Help, but the Celebrity Intervention Doesn't Work

The downward spiral continues as a publicist tweeted cops that the star was in trouble

How crazy does a celebrity have to act before somebody calls the police? Amanda Bynes found out on Wednesday, when a friend called 911 over her increasingly bizarre behavior. Publicist Jonathan Jaxson says he turned to the NYPD after having a scary phone conversation with the former teen star.

“Amanda had called me and we had a private conversation, but it was clear to me that she was high on drugs,” Jaxson told Radar Online. “Then, she said that she didn’t want to live anymore. I took that as that she wanted to kill herself. I freaked out.”

There's a lot of freaking out happening over Amanda Bynes these days. By all evidence, the 27-year-old actress is in the middle of a meltdown, and in a state of deep denial. Here's a list of what she's done in the past two weeks alone (as documented on Twitter):

- Partially shaved her head.

- Posted semi-nude pictures of herself.

- Posted actual nude pictures of herself.

- Announced, not long after confessing an eating disorder, that she "needs" to weigh 100 pounds.

- Got into a fight with Jenny McCarthy. (More on that in a moment.)

- Told InTouch that anyone who criticizes her is ugly, so it doesn't count. "I only have hot friends," she explained.

Okay, so back to Jonathan Jaxson for a moment. When the publicist called the police, the NYPD said they couldn't help if they didn't know where Amanda was located. "Amanda has been changing her number weekly," Jaxson wrote on Twitter, "in addition to hotel hopping and gym hopping." He says that desperation is the reason he sent out this tweet:

Reports claimed police found Bynes and that she was fine. However, the Deputy Chief of Public Information of NYC told Hollyscoop that "there is no 911 call to the apartment of Amanda Bynes and there is no police record of any of our officers having to go there.” But that didn't prevent Jenny McCarthy from getting involved. (Told you we were getting there.)

"Police are at Amanda Bynes' house. I hope they get her help," the TV host tweeted. "Enough of this circus. She needs help. It came from a publicist but if no one can back it up it could be wrong."

McCarthy had clearly misread Jaxson's message, believing that the police were already at Bynes' home. (Not the first time she's been wrong... ahem.) In response, Amanda went off on Jenny, in a series of tweets that have now been deleted.

"I need help? What are u talking about? Aren't u 50 years old? I'm 27, u look 80 compared to me!" Bynes wrote. "Why are you talking about me? you're ugly! Police weren't at my house old lady! Shut the f**k up!"

When McCarthy gave a dignified response ("Sorry girl. Looking out for ya."), Amanda did a complete 180.

"@JennyMcCarthy thanks! I'm sorry I offended you!" she tweeted. "You're beautiful! I was lying! I'll delete our tweets!"

Long story short: Things looked bad for Amanda before. They look worse now. Jaxson's intervention didn't do much, and his motives are being called into question; this is the same guy who made headlines by claiming that Kim Kardashian's wedding was staged. Bynes' parents appear to be MIA. The media has begun to call for a guardianship, like the one that saved Britney Spears. But who will step in? Someone needs to get through to Amanda Bynes, by some other means than Twitter.

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