Amanda Bynes in an apparent downward spiral

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    UNDATED (CNN) -- It's the question many people are asking: what in the world is going on with Amanda Bynes?

    From slamming celebrities on twitter to her new legal troubles, the actress appears to be on a downward spiral. So, what happened to the Amanda Bynes America once knew and loved?

    The images of Amanda Bynes hiding behind a blonde wig and under arrest by New York City police have left many people asking what happened?

    A successful young actress with a once clean-cut reputation, Bynes first rose to fame as a child on Nickelodeon's "all that" and "The Amanda Show."

    Her television work led to several movie roles, most recently playing a virtuous teen opposite Emma Stone in 2010's "Easy A."

    After that film, Bynes stepped away from acting and into a series of legal problems. She is fighting a 2012 DUI case pending in California.

    Late last year, two separate hit-and-run charges against her were dismissed. Earlier this month, the actress was sentenced to three years probation for driving on a suspended license.

    Now Bynes is answering to a New York City judge for allegedly tossing a bong out the window of her 36th floor New York City apartment last week.

    Appearing in a long, blonde, disheveled wig, Bynes was charged with reckless endangerment, tampering with physical evidence, and criminal possession of marijuana. Her lawyer says, "My client completely denies ever having thrown anything out of the window."

    Bynes denies the charges and has subsequently made allegations of her own against the NYPD in a series of strange tweets saying, "The cop sexually harassed me, they found no pot on me or bong outside my window. That's why the judge let me go."

    A spokesperson for NYPD internal affairs tells CNN they found no evidence to support her claims of sexual harassment.

    In spite of her legal troubles, Bynes sounds upbeat and optimistic about her future. Tweeting: "I'm getting in shape and getting a nose job! I'm looking forward to a long and wonderful career as a singer/rapper!"

    CNN has reached out to Bynes for further comment. She has yet to respond.

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