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Actor Shia LaBeouf has been in and out of court a lot lately, but this time it was to get a restraining order against someone else who was allegedly behaving badly.

Graciela Nahle, 31, was ordered to stay 100 yards away from the "Transformers" star, although it's unclear if she'll choose to obey it. According to TMZ, Nahle thinks that LaBeouf is "Albert Einstein" and wants to "blow up the world," so her judgment might be a bit off-kilter.

What else should LaBeouf fans know about the restraining order?

Newly released deposition testimony by singer Robin Thicke in the ongoing lawsuit over his hit song "Blurred Lines" seems to show the singer distancing himself from the writing and recording of the controversial song.

In the deposition, Thicke credits producer Pharrell Williams with having written the majority of the song before Thicke even showed up, contrary to previous public statements by Thicke about the song's origin, reports the Los Angeles Times. Furthermore, Thicke explains on the record, "I was high on Vicodin and alcohol when I showed up at the studio."

Why is the singer now admitting he played a relatively minor role in the authoring of his biggest hit?

"Django Unchained" Actress Daniele Watts was detained and handcuffed by the LAPD, apparently for showing affection in public.

Watts and her boyfriend Brian James Lucas (also known as celebrity chef Cheffy Be*Live) claim that police detained the couple on Thursday because they suspected the pair to be a prostitute and her client, CNN reports. For its part, the LAPD explains that officers were responding to a complaint that a couple matching their descriptions were "involved in a sexual act inside a Mercedes with the vehicle door open."

So what caused the "Django Unchained" actress to be detained?

Grammy-winning country singer Lynn Anderson was arrested Friday in Nashville and charged with DUI following an early morning crash.

Police say that Anderson, who won a Grammy in 1970 for the song "(I Never Promised You a) Rose Garden," admitted to drinking alcohol and taking prescription medication before the crash, reports Nashville's WSMV-TV.

Unfortunately for Anderson, this isn't her first time facing DUI charges.

Director James Cameron ran into legal trouble when trying to enforce a code of silence at his private elementary school in Calabasas, California.

The MUSE School, started by Cameron and his wife Suzy in 2006, was founded on the philosophy that "young people should have rights, as well as a voice and a choice in their educations." Apparently this didn't apply to MUSE School workers, who according to The Hollywood Reporter were forced to sign a confidentiality agreement barring them from discussing compensation, the kids who attended the school, or even their employer.

An administrative law judge ruled Monday that this practice was illegal.

Miami has had its fair share of famous fictional law enforcement officers, like Don Johnson as Sonny Crockett in "Miami Vice" and David Caruso as Horatio Caine on "CSI: Miami"

But Miami's latest primetime lawman is all too real. Former NBA star Shaquille O'Neal is looking to launch a new career as a reserve police officer in the Miami suburb of Doral, reports the Miami Herald. The 7-foot-1 former center for the Miami Heat applied for the position last week, meeting with the police chief and posing for pictures with members of the City Council.

If he passes the application process and tests required for the position, will Shaq actually be a real police officer?

The dad from TLC's "My Five Wives" has dug himself out of more than $300,000 debt by declaring bankruptcy -- and he even got to keep his wedding ring.

Brady Williams may still have five wives, but he's divorced himself from some $318,000 in debt. According to TMZ, the father of dozens had listed his $50 wedding ring and $3.61 in savings (yes, three dollars and sixty-one cents) as the paltry assets he still retained, and it looks like he'll be keeping the ring.

How did Williams clear himself of debt, and what about his five wives?

A woman has filed a lawsuit against "Hercules" director Brett Ratner, claiming that after she was injured during a party at the director's house, Ratner refused to call 911.

Lauryn Flynn is a 42-year-old stylist who attended a party at Ratner's home celebrating the release of "Hercules" earlier this year, reports The Hollywood Reporter. Flynn claims she was injured when a glass table broke, cutting her Achilles tendon.

Flynn claims that instead of someone calling 911, however, she was transported to the hospital in a somewhat less-expedient fashion.

The death of comedian Joan Rivers may provide an unwelcome, but much-needed warning to many that medical emergencies can strike at any time. This can leave family members and medical personnel to make difficult decisions regarding end-of-life care.

Rivers, 81, suffered cardiac and respiratory arrest while undergoing surgery last week. She was rushed to the hospital and placed on life support. But after more than a week, her daughter Melissa made the decision to remove her mother from life support, reports the New York Daily News.

While it may be difficult or unpleasant to discuss, what factors may affect the decision to remove someone from life support? Here are three legal facts that can come into play:

Appearing in Las Vegas court on Wednesday, MMA fighter War Machine pleaded not guilty to all 32 charges against him, including kidnapping and assault.

War Machine, whose birth name is Jonathan Koppenhaver, was captured by law enforcement in Ventura County, California, in mid-August after several days on the lam. Koppenhaver is accused of attacking former girlfriend Christine Mackinday (aka "Christy Mack") several times over the last 15 months, reports Las Vegas' KVVU-TV. The most recent attack landed Mack in the hospital with "severe facial injuries as well as knocked-out teeth."

Is War Machine down for the count in this legal bout?