"My client completely denies illegally throwing anything out of her window," said her attorney, Andrew Friedman.
Bynes' somewhat inconsistent defense, which for now we'll take at face value, soon could place her in the pantheon of most-creative show business excuses.
While many people in trouble with the law try to explain away their misdeeds with inventive stories, celebrities seem to have a special talent for ingenious (if not wholly implausible) explanations.
Here's a collection of some of the better A-list excuses. Be sure to vote for your favorite at the end.
Martin Lawrence, for yelling at motorists in the middle of Ventura Boulevard with a gun in his pants: "Mr. Lawrence … [is] suffering from a case of complete exhaustion and dehydration," his publicist said.
Michael Richards, for a profane, racist tirade during a stand-up comedy appearance: "I got heckled and I took it badly.… I work in a very uncontrolled manner on stage."