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Amanda Bynes' Erratic Behavior Prompts Calls for Help

Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Actress Amanda Bynes‘ increasingly erratic behavior has concerned onlookers pleading for someone to help her.

A friend grew so concerned this week that he asked police to check on Bynes. In an interview with ABC News, Jonathan Jaxson, a Hollywood publicist and the actress’ friend, said he got worried after talking to Bynes.

“She started ranting and she was drunk out of her mind.  She said, ‘I don’t want to live anymore,’” Jaxson said.

Jaxson, who was 1,500 miles away from the New York-based Bynes, tweeted his concern and asked New York City police to check on his friend. Bynes has displayed months of apparently bizarre behavior, including tweeting a topless photo of herself earlier this week.

Bynes, a former child star whose recent movie hits include Hairspray and Easy A, also tweeted an image of herself wearing just a bra and what appeared to be pantyhose this week.

“About to put on makeup!” she wrote in a tweet to her more than 896,000 followers. “I weigh 135, I’ve gained weight! I need to be 100 lbs!”

Last month the 27-year-old tweeted photos of her partially shaved head. She also took to Twitter to denounce media reports she claims are inaccurate.

Bynes’ behavior has prompted concerns about her physical and mental well-being. Following Jaxson’s tweet, actress Jenny McCarthy tweeted “police are at Amanda Bynes house. I hope they get her help. Enough of this circus.” That prompted Bynes to lash out at McCarthy, too.

“You’re ugly! Police weren’t at my house, old lady! Shut the f*** up!” Bynes tweeted Thursday  in response to McCarthy, her former What I Like About You co-star.

Bynes has since apologized to McCarthy and deleted the angry tweets she wrote. In a November article in Us Weekly magazine, McCarthy described Bynes as “unreachable.”

“My heart feels for whatever she is going through and I love her dearly,” McCarthy told the magazine.

McCarthy is not the only one who’s worried about Bynes.

“Every photo she posts she’s alone!! I can’t take it.  I want to cry,” Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Kyle Richards tweeted about Bynes.

As far back as November, another of Bynes’ former What I Like About You co-stars, Jennie Garth, described her as “unreachable.”

“My heart feels for whatever she is going through and I love her dearly,” Garth told Us Weekly magazine.

Howard Bragman, a public relations expert and ABC News consultant, addressed the concerns expressed for Bynes.

“We know how things like this can end up, and nobody wants to be the one who says I should have done something,” he said. “It’s clear something needs to be done, and she’s a part of this community. “

Copyright 2013 ABC News Radio


Elton John Magazine Photo Censored by Arkansas Grocery Chain

Photo Courtesy - ABC/Ida Mae Astute(MOUNTAIN HOME, Arkansas) -- The customers of Harps, an Arkansas grocery chain, appear to be offended by the Us Weekly cover featuring Elton John and his partner, David Furnish, showing off their new son, Zachary.

When Jennifer Huddleston of Mountain Home, Arkansas visited a branch of Harps not long ago, she noticed the store had placed what is called a "family shield" -- basically, a piece of plastic -- over the magazine's cover.  On the shield are the words, "To protect young Harps shoppers."

The shield is the kind you often see in stores covering the lower two-thirds of adult magazines, like Playboy.

Outraged, Huddleston took a photo of the shield, which she then tweeted, along with the number for the Harps corporate offices, asking everyone on Twitter to bring attention to the incident.  According to ABC News, the company was flooded with calls, and the shields were taken down within a few hours.

A company spokeswoman told ABC News that they'd been put in place to begin with because a customer had complained.

The spokeswoman said, "It's company policy that we use those shields if we get a customer complaint on a certain [magazine] cover.  We have no opinion of what's covered up.  It's strictly because we got a complaint." 

Copyright 2011 ABC News Radio

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