NYPD questions Amanda Bynes after she walks off with hat

Chris Pizzello/AP fileIn this June 5

Chris Pizzello/AP fileIn this June 5

Amanda Bynes wasn't trying to shoplift a hat from Barneys; she just forgot her purse in the car.

At least, that's what the unpredictable actress told security guards at the posh New York department store Wednesday, TMZ says, after setting off alarms with the tell-tale chapeau.

It was the latest in a series of very public faux pas for the “Hairspray” star over the past few weeks. On Sept. 28, she was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence after she halted in the middle of a Los Angeles intersection.

Last weekend, she was filmed crookedly riding a city-share bicycle through a Manhattan, N.Y., crosswalk. On Tuesday, she was photographed limping around Bloomingdale's in one shoe.

On Wednesday, she told NYPD officers who were called to the store that she'd donned the illicit headgear to avoid paparazzi and gawkers, according to E! No arrests were made.

'SCANDAL' AXES ACCUSED ACTOR

Former “7th Heaven” star Stephen Collins, who was taped apparently confessing to molestation in audio posted to TMZ on Tuesday, has been fired from TV's “Scandal.”

“We can confirm that we will not be airing any footage with Stephen Collins,” ABC told Entertainment Weekly. Collins had a small role as a reporter in a 2012 episode and was reportedly set to return this season.

Meanwhile, Los Angeles police denied reports of gunshots at the actor's Tarzana home Tuesday night, according to USA Today.

Rumors started after ex-“Baywatch” star Donna D'Errico tweeted, “That guy from 7th Heaven lives right around the corner from me & just shot himself a few minutes ago.” She later deleted the tweet and apologized.

New York police are currently investigating reports that the actor molested a 14-year-old in the 1970s.

QUICK TAKES

An Excelsior home that served as Anne Hathaway's home in the film “The Princess Diaries” is on sale for $2.6 million, according to the SF Curbed website; the Brazil Avenue home was built as a firehouse in 1911. … “The Heat” director Paul Feig has tapped Katie Dippold, who wrote the buddy-cop flick, to co-write a “Ghostbusters” reboot starring a female ghost-wrangling team. … “Duck Dynasty” star Phil Robertson told churchgoers in West Monroe, La., that they were safe from STDs if they stuck to “biblically correct sex.”

HAPPY BIRTHDAY

Actor Brandon Routh (“Superman Returns”) is 35. … Director Steve McQueen (“12 Years a Slave”) is 45. … Singer P.J. Harvey is 45. … Director Guillermo del Toro (“Pacific Rim”) is 50. … Actor Scott Bakula (“Quantum Leap”) is 60. … Actor Tony Shalhoub (“Monk”) is 61.

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