Amanda Bynes Releases Statement After Leak of Shocking Recording
"I'm sorry I trusted people who clearly were not my friends and capitalized on my illness. I am doing my best to get better," the troubled actress said in a statement to Access Hollywood, via her lawyer, David Esquibias. "I am truly sorry for the statements I made. I am sorry for any pain I caused my family and others."
The disturbing audio was seemingly recorded by a supposed friend of Bynes' and was originally obtained by TMZ.
"I am thankful for everyone's patience and understanding," she continued. "I never expected others to take advantage and profit from my condition. I'm disappointed with those who lulled me into a false sense of security only to find out they really are only interested in selling my privacy to the media."
In addition to her official statement, Bynes also took to Twitter to discuss the issue.
"By the way - i was obviously joking about hurting my family - i straight up don't believe in harming a soul," she wrote in a series of tweets. "I said what I said in jest & if you don't understand that then know I'm in therapy to talk about my dad issues and that will solve my concerns with ppl invading my private life."
Bynes initially accused her father of abusing her as a child -- accusations that her parents vehemently denied and Bynes herself later recanted, claiming that a "microchip" in her head made her say those things, but it was her dad who planted the microchip.
We continue to wish Amanda Bynes and her family the best during this difficult time.