"Scandal" star Columbus Short is being allowed to return to his home -- after being banned from the premises for allegedly threatening to kill his wife -- but he won't have time to get comfortable ... a judge is giving Short just 2 hours at home to get his stuff ... and get out.
Short was in court today seeking permission to move back into his house after his wife obtained a restraining order, barring him from entering the home -- but a judge denied his request.
Instead, the judge gave Short 2 hours next Monday to go to the house and gather any belongings he needs ... and only with his attorney present.
TMZ broke the story ... Tanee Short got the restraining order, claiming Short had threatened to kill her during an explosive fight in their Chatsworth home April 7. Tanee claimed Short pinned her down, choked her, and threatened to stab her unless she admitted to having affairs.
She also claimed Short put a knife to her throat and threatened murder/suicide.
Tanee has since filed for divorce and wants sole custody of their 2-year-old daughter.
Producer Gary Goddard
I'm Not a Boy Rapist, Either
4/23/2014 9:52 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Gary Goddard -- who has produced several big shows on and off-Broadway -- is now speaking out against allegations he participated in a Hollywood sex ring that victimized young boys.
Goddard's attorney tells TMZ, the allegations against the producer are "categorically denied."
As we reported, 31-year-old Michael Egan filed lawsuits against Goddard, "X Men" director Bryan Singer, TV producer Garth Ancier, and former president of Disney TV David Neuman -- claiming they sexually abused him as a young teen at various Hollywood parties and in Hawaii.
But Goddard's lawyer tells us, "Mr. Goddard was not in Hawaii with Mr. Egan. He did not molest or touch or annoy Mr. Egan or commit any of the acts alleged. Also, he did not furnish drugs or alcohol to any minor at any time." Ancier and Neuman have also denied the allegations.
The lawyer calls Egan's claims "so fantastical as to be unbelievable on their face."
'Ice Road Truckers' Star
About That Whole
Hooker Kidnapping Thing
4/23/2014 6:06 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"Ice Road Truckers" star Tim Zickuhr claims HE is the victim and not the hooker he's accused of tying up, beating, and forcing to jump out a window ... and he is itching for his day in court.
As TMZ first reported, Zickuhr was charged with three felonies -- first degree kidnapping, extortion, and coercion -- after an incident involving a Las Vegas hooker last December.
Zickuhr told our TMZ photog he did not hire the woman as a prostitute, instead insisting she's a friend. Zickuhr says he was trying to be a nice guy by loaning the woman money ... giving her his ATM card and PIN number. Instead of taking out a little ... Zickuhr claims she wiped him out.
Zickuhr says he never tied her up, never beat her and never made her jump out of a window ... but admits this whole ordeal has probably ruined his career in Hollywood.
BTW ... yes, we know that's Syrus from "Real World: Boston" standing next to him in the video. And yes, that's weird as hell.
Baby Mama & Son Slapped with Eviction Notice
Pay Up & Get Out!
4/23/2014 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The family that stiffs the landlord together, gets evicted together -- just ask Nic Cage's ex-GF and their son Weston ... whose landlord is suing to give 'em the boot, TMZ has learned.
The landlord, John R. Gifford, filed court docs to force Weston and his mom, Christina Fulton, out of their West Hollywood home ... because Gifford claims they stopped paying the $6k/month rent back in December.
Gifford says he served them an eviction notice in January, and gave them 3 days to pay up or get the hell out. Guess which one they chose?
Gifford is suing, not only for eviction ... but for the $12,000 in past-due rent.
We've reached out to Cage and Fulton ... so far, no response.
Former Villa Blanca Waitress Makes Absurd Settlement Offer
4/22/2014 3:25 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
This is one for the books. The woman who was suing Lisa Vanderpump for $5 million alleging sexual harassment at her Villa Blanca restaurant -- among other things, is now willing to settle for $40K if the restaurant acknowledges some ridiculous things.
Karina Bustillos -- who claimed a Villa Blanca manager sexually harassed her in all sorts of ways -- says she'll drop the suit if she gets $40K and the following promises from Villa Blanca:
-- not to serve catfish and claim it's the more expensive tilapia
-- not to serve canned fruits and veggies and call them fresh
-- teach employees not to eat food off customers' plates
-- order kitchen staff to wash their hands frequently
And there's other stuff too, which seems like it's designed to embarrass.
Lisa Vanderpump tells TMZ ... the lawsuit is "frivolous and a clear case of malicious prosecution."
Strip Club Lawsuit
Doctor Accused of Trying to Weasel Out On
4/22/2014 3:09 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Scores -- a famous NYC strip club is going after a customer in court because he allegedly weaseled out of a HUGE tab ... claiming he was drugged by Scores employees.
Scores claims Dr. Zyad Younan ran up a $135,303 bill last year on his American Express card during FOUR visits to the club.
The gentleman's establishment says Dr. Younan was not a gentleman when it came time to pay ... challenging the charges by claiming he was not in his right mind when he racked up the bill.
According to the lawsuit, Dr. Younan told the credit card company he was drugged by club employees. The doctor also claimed he wasn't even there on the dates in question ... although the club claims it has him on video.
Scores is suing for what it is owed, plus interest.
Calls to Dr. Younan were not returned. He's in surgery ... which will probably pay for numerous lap dances.
Salma Hayek's Brother
Cops May Recommend Manslaughter Prosecution
Over Car Crash
4/22/2014 1:34 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Salma Hayek's brother Sami may have gunned his muscle car just before getting into a fatal car crash, and cops are thinking of referring the case to the D.A. for manslaughter prosecution.
LAPD got a search warrant -- obtained by TMZ -- which allowed them to root through the car Sami was driving -- a 2006 Ford GT. Cops were zeroing in on a device called an RCM -- restraint control module, which is like a black box for cars.
Cops believe the RCM will confirm the stories of some eyewitnesses ... that Sami gunned his car and lost control, which then caused him to fishtail over the center line and hit a car coming in the opposite direction.
According to the search warrant, cops reveal they anticipate sending the case to the L.A. County D.A. for possible felony vehicular manslaughter prosecution.
The legal docs don't reveal the results of the RCM analysis.
And, according to the search warrant, Salma and her husband OWN the car and he often drove it when they were out of town. Under California law, if the victim's family sues, the registered owners could also be on the hook.
GET-OUT-OF-PRISON PARTY PICS
I'm Free ... And Hot As Ever
4/22/2014 12:08 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Pink is the new orange -- ex-Playboy Playmate Colleen Shannon is back on the party scene after her recent prison stint ... celebrating her release with a weekend full of champagne-fueled ragers ... and we got pics.
TMZ broke the story ... Shannon was sentenced to 4 months in federal prison after trying to sneak her BF across the Canadian border last year. She pled guilty to transporting an alien.
But last weekend, Shannon made up for lost time -- partying 3 DAYS STRAIGHT -- Thursday at 340 Nightclub in Pomona, Friday at The Attic in Hollywood, and Saturday at Industry Nightclub in the City of Industry.
Shannon was officially released from prison on March 31, but since her birthday is April 14 ... we're told she postponed her release parties in order to celebrate both occasions.
Shocker ... her boyfriend was not present.
TV Exec Garth Ancier
I Didn't Rape That Kid
4/22/2014 11:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Garth Ancier -- who produced and/or developed an endless list of TV shows like "21 Jump Street," "Married ... with Children," "The Simpsons" and "In Living Color" -- adamantly denies laying a finger on the man who claims Ancier raped him as a boy.
Ancier's attorney tells TMZ, "All of the allegations made by [Michael Egan] against Garth Ancier are demonstrably untrue, and we are confident the courts will agree when the evidence is presented."
The lawyer adds, "As just one of many examples, Mr. Ancier has never even visited the estate in Hawaii where the plaintiff claims to have encountered him. Mr. Ancier is grateful to his friends, family and colleagues for their support."
As we reported, Egan has sued Ancier -- as well as "X-Men" director Bryan Singer and showbiz honchos David Neuman and Gary Goddard -- claiming they sexually abused him as a 15-year-old at various Hollywood parties.
Egan claims Ancier abused Egan numerous times by sodomizing him, forcing oral sex and fondling him at an Encino estate when Egan was just 15. Egan also claims Ancier sexually abused him in Hawaii 2 years later.
'Meet the Parents' Star
Meets the Bankruptcy
4/22/2014 9:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"Meet the Parents" star Teri Polo has royally Focked herself -- at least in the money department -- because TMZ has learned ... she just went belly up.
Teri filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy last week, claiming she's buried in nearly a million dollars of debt -- most of which she owes to the IRS.
Teri claims she owes roughly $772,000 in back taxes and more than $36,000 in credit card debt.
She also says her landlord's going after her for $30,000 after she allegedly left an old apartment covered in dog crap and urine.
Bankruptcy ... you can't milk a cat, but you can milk the system.
Former Disney TV Prez
I Did NOT Molest That Boy
4/22/2014 8:32 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
David Neuman, the former President of Disney TV, is lashing out at the man who accused him of sexual molestation ... calling the allegation "disgusting."
Michael Egan -- now 31 -- claims Neuman, "X-Men" director Bryan Singer and others repeatedly raped him at pool parties in L.A. and during vacations in Hawaii when he was 15, and Egan claims it went on for 2 years.
Neuman has responded to Egan's lawsuit -- filed Monday -- by saying, "The disgusting allegations made against me are COMPLETELY FALSE."
Neuman goes on to say it's "sickening, and very evil, for anyone to lie like that, let alone in a legal document."
Neuman vows to fight the lawsuit tooth and nail.
Sued for Not Blending In
... Claims of Violence
4/22/2014 6:49 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Joey Heatherton just got fair Waring from a judge ... not warning -- Waring, as in blender.
Joey, who was a huge singer/actress several decades ago and once married to football star Lance Rentzel, allegedly was in a war with the upstairs neighbor in her Sherman Oaks, CA apartment bldg.
According to legal docs -- obtained by TMZ -- Chandra Arend claims Joey went nuclear every time Chandra would use her blender in the morning. Joey would bang on the ceiling whenever Chandra fired up the juicer.
It all came to a head earlier this month ... when Chandra was leaving for work and Joey allegedly attacked her in the lobby, attacking her with a high-heeled shoe.
Chandra got a restraining order, prohibiting Joey from coming within 20 feet of her.
It's not the first time Joey's had a brush with the law. She was charged with stabbing her drummer in the hand with a steak knife in 1986, and there were other incidents as well.
I'm Fortifying My Fortress
Because I'm Scared
4/22/2014 7:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Selena Gomez feels vulnerable and is now taking bold action to protect herself from crazed fans ... by fortifying her property with a gigantic perimeter gate.
Selena has big issues with the $3 MIL Calabasas estate ... which she bought just last month.
TMZ broke the story ... within DAYS of moving in, an intruder made his way onto Selena's property not once, but TWICE ... and she was home at the time.
The new gate will make it a lot harder -- but not impossible -- to penetrate the property.
It's pretty interesting Selena chose this house ... it's called a gated community, but the problem is ... there's no guard manning the gate, so anyone can just drive in.