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Victim Of Fire Started By Rehabbed Amanda Bynes ‘Forgives’ Her: ‘People Don't Get Over Drug Addiction Overnight'

Victim Of Fire Started By Rehabbed Amanda Bynes ForgivesHerBonnie Braaten

Dec. 10 2013, Published 6:35 a.m. ET

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After completing a stint in rehab where she was treated for schizophrenia and bi-polar disorder, the woman whose driveway was set on fire by Amanda Bynes before being taken on an involuntary psych hold exclusively tells that she "forgives" the actress and says "people don't get over drug addiction overnight."

Four months ago Bynes started a small fire in the driveway of Bonnie Braaten's Thousand Oaks, Calif. home, and she was taken into custody after a witness spotted flames on her pant legs and the former Nickelodeon star raced to a nearby liquor store with her gasoline-soaked dog.

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"I just hope she got better. I'm glad she's getting treated at home, people don't get over drug addiction overnight," Braaten told of Bynes' release from rehab last week.

"There's nothing to be angry about, it doesn't do you any good. I forgive her. I feel sorry for her that she got herself into that mind."

Braaten says she doesn't need any closure and doesn't care to see Bynes again — which might be unavoidable since the star has moved into her parents home just around the corner from Braaten — and says she doesn't feel she needs an apology from Bynes.

"I've put it behind me and I don't need it all dragging back up. I've put it behind me," she told

"I'm glad she got better, but I'm not sure what good an apology could do."

And if anything, Braaten says she's happy that something negative like a fire in her driveway turned into something positive for Bynes because she got the help she needed.

"I suppose it got her into treatment," she said.

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"And I was very fortunate that passersby saw her and it didn't spread to my house or my neighbors house."

As exclusively reported in July, Braaten and her family never expected Bynes' family to pay for the damage to their driveway — and it actually came from an unexpected source.

Daniel Herman of Chinga Chang Records — the record label who was courting Bynes before she entered rehab — got in touch with Braaten after hearing about the fire and hired a company to fix her driveway.

Since her release from rehab, Bynes has been returning to normal life with her parents and is hoping to go back to school to study fashion.



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