Amanda Bynes Releases Statement on Leaked Audio Recording: I’m Trying to “Get Better”

Amanda Bynes
Amanda Bynes released a statement about her leaked audio. GVK/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images

Amanda Bynes' tough time continues. The troubled star, 28, released a statement through her lawyer to Us Weekly on Monday, Nov. 17, after audio leaked of the actress making threatening comments against her family. 

On Saturday, Nov. 15, TMZ published a clip of a female voice (reportedly Bynes), giving graphic information about how she wanted to kill her father and the violent words she directed at her mother. A second clip had the former child star going on a rant with friends, who seemingly recorded the conversation, about ugliness and attractiveness.

"I'm sorry I trusted people who clearly were not my friends and capitalized on my illness," Bynes said in a statement to Us through attorney David Esquibias. "I am doing my best to get better. I am truly sorry for the statements I made. I am sorry for any pain I caused my family and others."

After the clips first made their way online, Bynes took to Twitter, hedging her words. "By the way – i was obviously joking about hurting my family – i straight-up don't believe in harming a soul," she wrote. "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."

Last month, Bynes accused her father of sexual abuse in a series of tweets, later deleting and denying the initial claims, before voicing similar accusations once again. Her mother denied the star's words, saying they stemmed "from Amanda's mental state."

"I am thankful for everyone's patience and understanding," Bynes continued in her statement. "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." 

Bynes' lawyer Esquibias added to Access Hollywood that the former The Amanda Show actress is seeing "her doctors four days a week" and is "not with these people anymore," who recorded her musings. 

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