The highlight of her arrest, though, was when Bynes, confronted by the police, tossed her bong out the window of her apartment. To that, the troubled actress told the judge that it wasn't a bong at all. Instead, she said, it was just a vase.
Bynes appeared in court wearing her platinum blonde wig. Earlier, when her mug shot was taken, she was forced to remove it, revealing a very short cut -- as well as an upset look.
Prosecutors requested Bynes be held in lieu of $1,000 bail, but the judge released her without bail. He warned her, though, that if she missed her court date in July, an arrest warrant would be issued.
Bynes was escorted out of court by an officer and left, on her own, in a taxicab.
The incident began at about 8 p.m. EDT on Thursday, when police responded to a call from Bynes' doorman claiming that the troubled actress had allegedly been smoking pot in the lobby of her building. By the times that police arrived, Bynes had already returned to her apartment.
Once they reached her apartment, Bynes opened the door, and police report that they saw a bong -- for a short period. After Bynes opened the door, an officer entered the apartment and saw a bong on the kitchen counter. When he asked Amanda about the bong, Bynes went ballistic.
From the police report: "I observed [Amanda] grab said bong, run to the westbound-facing window, and throw it out the window where numerous pedestrians were walking on the 8 Avenue and West 47 Street sidewalks below."