Mackenzie Phillips

Mackenzie Phillips' long week just turned into an even longer weekend.

While the troubled actress-singer was expected to appear in court this morning to answer for Wednesday's airport drug bust, her hearing has been continued until Tuesday, giving the star some extra time to decide on her plea.

"Initially she refused bail, and after you are arrested if you don't post bail you have to have the hearing within 48 hours," Los Angeles District Attorney's Office spokeswoman Jane Robison explains to E! News.

Saved by the bail, indeed.

Phillips has yet to be formally charged in the incident.

Meanwhile, although the 48-year-old star and her lawyer have not yet spoken publicly on the arrest, her former costar has rushed to Phillips' defense.

"[Mackenzie] is a very good, good, sweethearted woman who obviously is going through an amazingly difficult time," ex-One Day at a Time sibling Valerie Bertinelli told Entertainment Tonight.

"She doesn't need our judgment, she just needs our prayers...I love her, I love her to death. She knows how much I love her, and I'm always there for her. Always."

Phillips was released from Van Nuys jail yesterday afternoon after finally posting $10,000 bail. She had spent nearly two full days in police custody following her arrest.

Although she has yet to face charges or enter a plea, Phillips won't be getting any favors from the police report, which quotes her telling officers that she was "holding" and stating that she was "healthy except for my drug problem."

—Additional reporting by Claudia Rosenbaum

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