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Amanda Bynes on path to being ‘new Lindsay Lohan,’ friends fear

AmandBynes arrives MTV Video Music Awards Sunday Sept. 13 2009 New York.  (AP Photo/Peter Kramer)

Amanda Bynes arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday Sept. 13, 2009 in New York. (AP Photo/Peter Kramer)

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Updated: October 15, 2012 9:52AM

A number of friends and associates of Amanda Bynes are worried the actress’ recent behavior risks her becoming “the new Lindsay Lohan,” according to a source close to the “What I Like About You” star.

Between her various recent driving problems — including a DUI arrest, two side-swiping incidents and being caught driving on her suspended license — and allegations of a lot of hard partying, Bynes’ buddies are concerned. TMZ’s report Thursday that Bynes was spotted puffing on something — out of what looked to be a marijuana pipe — while driving on that suspended license doesn’t help the actress’ reputation either.

Though Bynes, 26, reportedly has been advised — in no uncertain terms — to calm down and clean up her act, she apparently has ignored that counsel.

“Amanda has to realize that image and impressions are all important these days of instant communication,” said another key Hollywood insider, familiar with Bynes and her career. “Let’s hope she gets back on track soon.”

CLINTON CONCERNED: The news about Monica Lewinsky shopping a tell-all book to publishers — first reported by the New York Post — is said to have infuriated former President Clinton’s camp.“This is never going to go away, which is something we’ve always known,” said a longtime top Clinton insider. “But it seems very suspicious that this news breaks so close to the election — an election in which Bill Clinton has clearly invested a great deal of political capital to re-elect

President Obama.”

ANOTHER SUIT: Martha Stewart may be hauled back into court, but this time she won’t go to prison. Stewart, Emeril Lagasse and Home Shopping Network have been sued by the German Chamber of Commerce for trademark infringement. They’re accused of selling knives purporting to be made in Solingen, Germany, famous for high-quality cutlery. Turns out the knives sold on HSN were actually made in China.

PLAY BALL: The Chicago Baseball Museum will be hosting a public symposium recognizing the Bill Veeck family and the 75th anniversary of their transformation of Wrigley Field. “One Family, Two Teams: The Impact of the Veecks on Chicago Baseball” will take place Thursday at the Chicago History Museum — toasting the Veeck impact on both the Cubs and Sox history. Among those on hand for the event will be historian Timuel Black, author Paul Dickson, former Sun-Times sports columnist Ron Rapoport, ex-Sox GM Roland Hemond and former Sox third baseman Eric Soderholm. For ticket information, email Paul Ladewski at

SEEN ON THE SCENE: The chic and hot new Jellyfish pan-Asian eatery was wall-to-wall Wednesday as managing partners Josh Carl and Joe DeVito greeted a local Who’s Who for their official opening — including Les Coney, Jimmy Butler, Ben Gordon, Peggy and Steve Lombardo, Marty Gutilla, Jerry Azumah, Robin Robinson, Mamie Walton, Neal Zucker, Sean Eshaghy, Charles Ifergan, Jon and Andrew Landan, Lou Weisbach, Jim Feeley and Monica and Lou Canellis. … Vroom! Vroom! While in town for the NASCAR “Chase for the Sprint Cup” championship last weekend, star drivers Denny Hamlin and Jeff Gordon checked out the scene at Studio Paris.

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