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Shia LaBeouf Arrested at NYC Theater, Arraigned on 5 Charges

"Transformers" star Shia LaBeouf was arrested after causing a scene at a Broadway theater performance of "Cabaret."

Police reportedly dragged LaBeouf from the Studio 54 theater Thursday night and arrested him for disorderly conduct, criminal trespass, and harassment. A spokesman for "Cabaret" told The Associated Press that the "Holes" actor was "disruptive" during the beginning of the play and was "escorted out of the theater at intermission."

What's the beef with LaBeouf?

Justin Bieber Sued Over Car Accident; Gets Into Another

Pop star Justin Bieber was involved in a car accident in Beverly Hills, California, this week, just as another accident from last year threatens to drag the singer into court.

The latest accident came as Bieber and his entourage were attempting to flee paparazzi, reports the New York Daily News. One of the vehicles in the singer's caravan, a black Cadillac Escalade, crashed into a car coming out a parking structure. Bieber was not behind the wheel, but witnesses reported that he was a passenger in the Escalade and was quickly transferred to another vehicle before being whisked away.

But it's an accident in which Bieber was behind the wheel that may end up costing him in court.

For Reality TV-Show Shooting, Ex-Teacher Gets 90 Days in Jail

A former Las Vegas school teacher was sentenced to 90 days behind bars and five years of probation for a 2011 incident in which he fired a handgun at crewmembers of the reality TV show "Repo Games."

Carlos Enrique Barron, 43, was fired from his teaching job after the incident, Reuters reports. Barron was facing charges of attempted murder and battery, but was convicted on a number of lesser charges, including assault with a deadly weapon, burglary, and discharging a weapon.

What led up to this bizarre incident, and where is Barron headed to serve out his sentence?

Kanye's Community Service: Do Celebrities Always Get Off So Easy?

Kanye West is going to be doing community service as part of his probation for attacking a paparazzo, and he'll be serving his time teaching at fashion school.

Confused? You may recall that Kanye cut a plea deal in March, pleading guilty to misdemeanor battery in exchange for two years of probation and 250 hours of community service. And as TMZ reports, those community service hours are going to be spent teaching classes at the L.A. Trade Technical College and other schools, where he'll speak to students about "his personal experiences in the fashion biz."

How do Kanye and other celebrities manage to get off so easy?

4th Sex-Abuse Suit Against Ex-Elmo Puppeteer Dismissed

The former voice of "Sesame Street's" Elmo had a win, or at least not a loss, in federal court after a judge dismissed a sex-abuse lawsuit for falling outside the statute of limitations.

This was the fourth sex-abuse suit filed against Kevin Clash, 53, accusing him of engaging in sexual relationships with teenage boys who are now adult men. U.S. District Judge Christopher Conner dismissed the latest suit by a man who claimed Clash sexually abused him in 2004, when he was 16, reports Reuters.

Why was the suit dismissed against the former Elmo puppeteer?

NKOTB's Joey McIntyre Sued Over Car Accident From 2012

New Kids on the Block member Joey McIntyre is being sued after a car accident ... that happened two years ago.

Surendra Patel filed a suit on behalf of his family, claiming that McIntyre rear-ended their car in Burbank, California, in 2012. The suit covers damages stemming from the crash, including medical expenses and lost earnings, reports TMZ.

Needless to say, McIntyre may be hangin' tough -- legally, that is.

DMX Hit With Wage Garnishment for Child Support: Report

A judge has ordered rapper DMX's royalty checks to be garnished to provide monthly child support payments to his ex-wife.

Of course DMX, aka Earl Simmons, is no stranger to the courtroom, having faced a multitude of criminal charges -- including reckless driving and sneaking drugs into prison -- as well as a number of civil lawsuits over the last five years. According to TMZ, DMX's latest legal troubles are of the family law variety, involving his ex-wife Tanesha Simmons and the couple's four children.

What much will it soon be costing DMX to support the flesh of his flesh, the blood of his blood?

'The Situation' Arrested After Brawl at His Own Tanning Salon

"Jersey Shore" star "The Situation" was arrested at a New Jersey tanning salon after cops responded to reports of a fist fight inside.

Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino, 31, got hauled in by the cops Tuesday following a 911 call about a brawl inside the Boca Tanning Salon in Middletown, New Jersey. TMZ reports that only Sorrentino was arrested and booked for the fight.

So why did Sorrentino get all aggro at the salon?

Ex-Cop Sues Meek Mill for Ruining His Sex Life

A former member of Philadelphia's finest has filed a $750,000 lawsuit against rapper Meek Mill, claiming his smack-talk in the media has rendered the ex-cop's "performance" with his fiancée somewhat less than fine.

The conflict stems from a 2012 incident in which Philadelphia police stopped and detained the rapper for 10 hours while they searched the car he was riding in for drugs. Mill subsequently filed a lawsuit against the Philadelphia PD, which he lost earlier this year.

One of the officers involved in the incident -- who was later fired for other reasons -- has now filed a lawsuit claiming Meek Mill defamed him in interviews about the arrest, making it hard to get another job and to ... you know, with his bride-to-be, reports TMZ.

Will the ex-cop fare any better than Meek Mill did in his own lawsuit?

Casey Kasem's Ordeal Offers 5 Estate-Planning Lessons

Radio personality Casey Kasem passed away Sunday, leaving behind a media legacy and some eye-opening lessons regarding end-of-life/estate planning.

Kasem, who was also the voice of Shaggy from "Scooby Doo" for over four decades, spent his final years in a battle over his health and his estate, with his second wife and adult children on opposite sides, reports Reuters.

As we say goodbye to the beloved "American Top 40" host, here are five estate planning lessons we may take away from Kasem's life and death:

'Orange Is the New Black' Jail Sued Over Filthy Conditions

The real-life jail that was used as the set for Netflix's "Orange Is the New Black" is being sued for being even more disgusting than the prison depicted on the show.

The series has been shot in part at Suffolk County Jail in Riverhead, New York, which is being sued by the New York Civil Liberties Union for water and sewage problems that might make you re-think what happened in Season 2.

So what exactly is going on at the "Orange Is the New Black" jail?

'True Detective' Legal Truths: Can Anyone Investigate Crime?

"True Detective" gives viewers a taste of investigating crimes, both in and out of the police force. Rust and Marty go from investigating as on-duty police officers to rouge cops, private investigators, and even average citizens.

We don't suggest that people model their lives after "True Detective," but the show poses an interesting question: Can anyone investigate crime?

'True Detective' Legal Truths: Did a Real Case Inspire the Show?

The critically acclaimed HBO show "True Detective" culled its inspiration from a variety of works, ranging from a collection of obscure art nouveau stories to low-brow pulp lit.

But did the existential neo-noir draw upon a real-life case of Satanism and child sex abuse in rural Louisiana in the early 2000s?

Reports are surfacing that "True Detective" eerily parallels the case of Hosanna Church in Tangipahoa Parish. (Spoiler alert: The following information gives away several plot points from the first season.)

'Love & Hip Hop's' Stevie J Arrested, Owes $1M in Child Support

"Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta" star Stevie J has been arrested for allegedly failing to pay more than $1 million in child support for his two kids in New York.

Stevie J, whom the courts know as Steven Jordan, was arrested Monday for neglecting to pay over a decade's worth of child support, reports The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Jordan stopped paying in 2001, but the authorities kept counting until the bill reached $1,107,412.

What criminal trouble is Stevie J facing for unpaid child support?

Harper Lee, Ala. Museum Settle 'Mockingbird' Infringement Suit

Harper Lee, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel "To Kill a Mockingbird," has agreed to settle her lawsuit against an Alabama museum that she accused of infringing on her trademark by selling "Mockingbird"-themed merchandise without a license.

According to Reuters, the two sides reached an undisclosed agreement to end the lawsuit, with both parties agreeing to pay their own legal fees.

What had Lee's feathers so ruffled?

'True Detective' Legal Truths: Are Drug Stings Legal?

The popular HBO series "True Detective" has captured the imagination of many Americans. Its first season, which is being released on DVD today, takes a gritty (and fictional) look at the seedy underbelly of rural Louisiana.

But with all the seemingly illegal things Rust and Marty do to catch their perpetrators, the show may leave viewers wondering: Are drug stings actually legal?

Here are some legal truths behind this aspect of "True Detective" that you may not have known:

Tracy Morgan Critically Hurt in Crash; Walmart Truck Driver Charged

Actor and comedian Tracy Morgan was critically injured Saturday when the limousine bus he was riding in was involved in a deadly big-rig accident on the New Jersey Turnpike.

One man was killed and three other people were injured when a Walmart truck rammed the bus that was carrying Morgan and others, causing it to flip. According to Reuters, a spokesman for Morgan said the actor was "more responsive" a day after the crash, but remained in critical condition with broken ribs, a broken leg, a broken nose, and several other injuries.

Investigators on Monday said the driver of the Walmart truck hadn't slept in more than 24 hours. What criminal charges is the trucker facing, and could Walmart potentially be held liable for the crash?

Beastie Boys Sue Monster Energy, Win $1.7M for Infringement

After having been on the other side of a number of music licensing lawsuits, the Beastie Boys were awarded $1.7 million by a New York jury Thursday in a copyright case of their own against energy-drink company Monster Beverage.

The victory is the second legal triumph for the Beastie Boys this year, after settling a dispute with toymaker Goldieblox over the use of the song "Girls" in a commercial for company's line of toys.

What right were the Beastie Boys fighting for this time around?

10 Things I Hate About Lawsuits: Evan Rachel Wood Sued for $30M

Actress Evan Rachel Wood is being sued for $30 million by the makers of "10 Things I Hate About Life" for refusing to work -- allegedly after she'd already been paid.

The movie was slated to be a follow-up to the '90s hit "10 Things I Hate About You," and producers allege that Wood was paid $300,000 for a seven-week shoot beginning December 2012, according to Variety. The production halted halfway through the shoot, but when it resumed, producers allege that Wood demanded more money to continue working.

Is this all Hollywood contract mumbo-jumbo, or do the producers have a case against Wood?

Jennifer Love Hewitt Sues Over Spray Seen on 'Shark Tank'

Actress Jennifer Love Hewitt is suing the makers of a weight-loss spray that was featured -- and dismissed as a "scam" -- on ABC's "Shark Tank."

The "I Know What You Did Last Summer" actress is claiming the company behind Slim Spray used her celebrity status to promote its product without her permission, writes The Hollywood Reporter.

What is Hewitt doing this summer to stop the company from continuing to bank on her image?

In 'Godzilla' Lawsuit, 3 Ex-Producers Claim Contract Fraud

Three ex-producers of the newest "Godzilla" movie have sued Legendary Pictures for cutting them out of a deal to secure the movie rights.

Dan Lin, Roy Lee, and Doug Davison allege that they were responsible for bringing "Godzilla" to Legendary, and that the production company orally agreed to pay them cash and a percentage of the film's "first-dollar gross receipts," according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Are these three the victims of fraud, or just bitter for missing a monster of an opportunity?

Donald Sterling Sued by Ex-Lover; V. Stiviano Reports Beating

Donald Sterling and V. Stiviano may as well be star-crossed lovers in the law's eyes, because the two will be seeing the inside of the courtroom a good deal. But the two now have other problems to deal with.

Stiviano reported being beaten and verbally assaulted by two men outside a Manhattan restaurant on Sunday. Meantime, Sterling is being sued by an alleged ex-lover and ex-employee for racial discrimination and sexual harassment -- and the plaintiff isn't Stiviano.

Let's round up these legal issues for Sterling and Stiviano. Here's what you need to know:

Ray J's Arrest Spurred by Sexual Battery Allegation

Actor, musician and Kim Kardashian sex tape star Ray J made sex-related headlines again last week when a woman claimed that he touched her butt. But that's not what got him arrested.

The incident, at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, was determined by police to be a case of "incidental" contact and not sexual battery, reports TMZ.

Ray J still managed to get himself arrested, however.