Former child star Amanda Bynes, who disclosed earlier this month that she has been diagnosed as bipolar, apologized Monday for threatening and insulting comments she made in two audio clips leaked over the weekend.
"I'm sorry I trusted people who clearly were not my friends and capitalized on my illness," Bynes, 28, said in a statement to Access Hollywood. "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. I am thankful for everyone's patience and understanding.
"I never expected others to take advantage and profit from my condition," she went on. "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."
TMZ.com, which posted the clips Saturday, said they were recorded a week earlier by one of Bynes' West Hollywood roommates. In one clip, Bynes fantasizes about slitting her father's throat and throwing him into a ditch, but also states, "I'm not going to, like, ever do such a thing." She talks as well of slitting her mother's wrists and burning down her mother's house. In the second clip, she insults a friend with homophobic comments.
Bynes' lawyer, David Esquibias, told "Access Hollywood" Saturday, "I'm disgusted by TMZ. The audio is not news and it's not even gossip," adding, "Amanda sees her doctors four days a week and I'm in contact with her all day, every day. Publishing audio like that does not help Amanda at all. The media needs to be more responsible."