Rick Bynes is the father of troubled actress Amanda Bynes. Since his former-child star daughter endured a tragic public meltdown in 2013, he and his wife, Lynn, got power-of-attorney over their daughter.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Amanda Said on Twitter That Her Father Abused Her
In a sensational Twitter outburst, Amanda has said that her father “verbally and physically” abused her when she was a child. She adds that Rick called her “ugly” and once asked if she wanted to have sex with him. The tweets come amid a long stream of bizarre tweets from Bynes.
She later added that her father “fondled himself in front of me.”
Amanda also said that her mother knew about the abuse:
Then she said that he was getting a restraining order against her father.
According to TMZ, the Bynes’ family attorney, Tamar Arminak, said “My clients are heartbroken by these false accusations. Their older children are also horrified.”
After the family statement, Bynes then appeared to retract her statements:
2. Amanda Bynes Left Her Parents’ Control in September 2013
During the summer of 2013, while Bynes endured a public meltdown, Rick and Lynn Bynes, Amanda’s parents, went to court to get power of attorney over their daughter. That control ended in September 2014. During the time that Amanda was in her parents’ care, Amanda was doing “great,” she tweeted pictures of herself looking healthy while also talking about taking courses at the Fashion Institute.
3. Rick Apparently Refused to Let His Wife Go to New York to Help Amanda
According to a report in Radar Online, Rick refused to let his wife go to New York to try to help Amanda. Since leaving her parents’ care in September, Amanda has been spotted around NYC acting bizarre. During this spell, she was suspected of shoplifting from Barney’s. In the Radar report, a “source” tells them:
Lynn had been making plans to go to New York City because she had been growing so concerned about Amanda’s bizarre behavior.
Rick was opposed to the visit and thought it would be a waste of Lynn’s time and their money because there is nothing she can do to help Amanda.
Amanda would likely refuse to see her anyway — and that would be if Lynn could even find her.
TMZ reported, on the same day as Amanda’s controversial tweets, that she left New York City for fear that her parents were going there to put in a mental institution.
4. Rick Works as a Dentist
During a 1999 interview with the Los Angeles Times, Rick Bynes is described as a “Thousand Oaks dentist.” His practice is now closed.
In the same Times piece he talked about how protective he was about his daughter’s career. He described turning down a major offer to move the family to Florida for a “project.” He told the Times:
The reason everybody likes Amanda is who she is. And the minute you take her away from here, from her brother and sister and grandma and her house, well, you might not have Amanda anymore.
Rick and Lynn have two other children, both older than Amanda, Jillian and Tom. Tom is a chiropractor in Thousand Oaks.
5. He Has a Twitter Account With One Poignant Tweet
That tweet was followed up with another message where he says “please pm, so we can get the story straight!” The tweets are from June 2013, around the time Amanda was enduring her first public meltdown.