Dallas Cowboys running back Joseph Randle stole a tester bottle of Gucci Guilty Black cologne from a Dillard's department store Monday night ... TMZ Sports has learned.
Randle -- who's making nearly $500k this year -- was arrested for shoplifting ... and our sources say he's accused of boosting the cologne AND a 2-pack of black Polo underwear.
We're told store security footage captured the whole thing.
Randle was released from custody early Tuesday morning.
Just one night before the arrest, Randle rushed for 52 yards in a dramatic victory over the Seattle Seahawks.
I Hate My Parents
For Deceiving Me
10/14/2014 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Amanda Bynes is filled with anger as she sits in a Pasadena mental facility ... after her parents created an elaborate ruse to get her committed.
TMZ broke the story ... Amanda's parents worked with Sam Lutfi to lure her from NYC to LA Friday. Lutfi convinced her to take a car service to what she believed was a Pasadena law office, where she would meet with a lawyer about suing her parents for abuse. The building was actually a mental facility. When she walked in the front door, she was restrained and involuntarily committed.
Sources familiar with the situation tell TMZ ... Amanda feels utterly betrayed and says her relationship with her parents is "destroyed forever." Although she's had a poor relationship with her dad, she had warm feelings for her mom ... until Friday.
We're told Amanda is in the women's lockdown section of the facility ... where she is showing fits of anger. Doctors are medicating her, but it takes time for the meds to kick in.
Here's the long-term problem. As TMZ first reported ... Amanda's parents will seek and, almost certainly get, another conservatorship before she leaves the facility in 2 weeks -- doctors got the 72-hour hold extended by 14 days. But everyone involved concedes ... it will be extremely difficult to manage Amanda given her hatred for her parents.
Called Out by Ex-Wife ...
He Bamboozled Court to Hide Cash
10/14/2014 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Terrence Howard cooked up a diabolical plot to hide his fortune from the court and his ex-wife -- at least according to the ex-wife who's now demanding he fork over nearly half a million dollars ... STAT.
Michelle Ghent claims Terrence owes a fortune in back spousal support and legal costs -- $481,715 and growing -- and she wants the court to force him to pay.
TMZ broke the story ... Terrence claimed most of his earnings go directly to another ex-wife Lori McMasters in the form of support ... and there's not enough left over to pay Michelle.
But in Michelle's new court docs she says Terrence admitted, back in 2013, that he created the "fake debt" to McMasters. She says his plan was to make it look like he had no funds -- and he told her, "I am not gonna give you one cent."
In the docs, obtained by TMZ, Michelle says Terrence hauled in at least $1.3 mil last year alone ... and has steady work lined up for the next 2 years that will pay handsomely.
Bottom line ... she wants her cut -- as in every cent of his future earnings until the debt is paid off.
Landlord Gets Court Order
You Don't Live Here No More
10/14/2014 12:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Ex "Scandal" star Columbus Short is a real loser -- lost his job, lost his wife ... and now he's lost his home too.
Short had been renting a place outside L.A. ... in the Valley ... for $6,995/month, but his landlord gave him the heave-ho once he fell about a month behind on the rent.
The landlord must have been aware of Short's recent track record, because he got a court order giving Short 5 days to get the hell out. Turned out to be unnecessary though ... since Columbus bolted on his own. The landlord tells us he's not sure if the actor paid back rent before leaving.
But hey, any exit Columbus makes these days without a fight ... is a good one.
Forced To Squeal
About Apollo's Crimes
10/13/2014 5:20 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"Real Housewives of Atlanta" star Phaedra Parks has been quiet about her husband's criminal activities, and what she knew about them -- but now she's being forced to open up in an upcoming deposition.
Phaedra will be grilled by attorneys for author Angela Stanton -- who Phaedra sued for defamation. Stanton wrote a book suggesting Parks knew all about Apollo Nida's illegal activities. Phaedra was already deposed once in the case, but stonewalled attorneys when it came to Apollo.
Now, a judge has ordered Phaedra to sit for a 2nd deposition and answer those questions. Stanton's lawyers say they need the info from Parks, so they can mount a proper defense in the defamation case.
Arrested for Vandalizing
His Ex's Car
10/13/2014 3:29 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"Here Comes Honey Boo Boo" star Uncle Poodle was arrested Monday for allegedly vandalizing the car of his ex-boyfriend, but the love connection goes beyond just the two of them ... it's actually four people deep ... TMZ has learned.
Baldwin County Sheriff's officials tell us ... Poodle broke off a University of Georgia tag from the front of his ex's Dodge 1500 while it was parked last month in a Wal-Mart parking lot.
Now get this ... the ex was with his current boyfriend at the time of the incident. The two witnessed Poodle and his current fiancé driving away after the deed ... and Poodle's fiancé used to date Poodle's ex's new boyfriend.
Anyway ... Poodle was picked up and charged with trespassing and held on $1,000 bond. His hearing was scheduled to be held Monday afternoon -- at the time of this post, he's still in custody.
'Cajun Pawn Stars'
We Got Illegally Raided
Cops Jacked Our Sewer Snake
10/13/2014 8:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The stars of "Cajun Pawn Stars" are being drummed out of business by cops who are out to get them ... stooping so low as to illegally seize a chain saw and sewer snake ... and now they are gunning for justice in court.
Jimmie DeRamus and his wife Peggy claim the Alexandria PD in Louisiana barged into their shop in June, claiming the shop -- which was featured on the History Channel -- was fencing stolen goods. Police tried seizing the saw and the snake but the owners refused to oblige because there was no search warrant.
Cops left but came back the very next day -- armed with a warrant -- and took the goods and more. DeRamus claims in a new lawsuit cops ran roughshod in the store, shutting it down and shoeing away customers. DeRamus says police also roughed up his brother, Johnnie.
DeRamus says the raid severely damaged their business and created a false impression the shop was a front for illegal activity, so he and his wife are suing the City and the PD for defamation.
Wife Claims He Used '7th Heaven' Fame to Molest ... RECENTLY
10/13/2014 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Stephen Collins' wife accused the actor of using his famous role on "7th Heaven" to gain the trust of two parents so he could molest their kid ... and the allegation is stunning because if true it would mean he molested at least one child as recently as 2007.
Faye Grant sent a scathing email to Collins last year -- obtained by TMZ -- in which she claims he used his Reverend Eric Camden persona to get close to the parents of one of his victims.
Faye is parroting one of the key markers of a pedophile -- gaining a parent's trust, getting access to the child and ultimately time alone.
TMZ broke the story ... Collins confessed to molesting and/or exposing himself to 3 children, but all 3 incidents occurred no later than 1984.
"7th Heaven" premiered in 1996 and ran until 2007.
In the email ... she says "prosecutors love 'special circumstances'" -- which she describes as using your fame to sexually molest children.
A source connected to Collins tells TMZ ... "The notion that Stephen used his role on "7th Heaven" for any improper purpose is completely false and just another example of Faye fabricating a story to gain an advantage in the divorce proceedings."
Ex-Porn Star Sasha Grey
'CIA' Ex-BF Ordered to Stand Down
10/13/2014 12:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
First, Sasha Grey walked away from pornography, and now she's doing the same with the abusive ex-boyfriend she claims lured her into porn in the first place -- he's been ordered to stay away from her ... or go to jail.
TMZ broke the story ... Grey filed court docs seeking protection from Ian Cinnamon -- an ex-lover who told her he was a CIA spy. She claims he subjected her to years of abuse and sexual assaults.
Sasha got a temporary restraining order last month when he started sending her threatening messages.
This week, a judge extended that protection ... banning Cinnamon from having any contact with her or coming anywhere near her for a year.
Teresa and Joe Giudice
No More Financial Funny Business
Ordered to Keep $$$ Separate
10/12/2014 7:37 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Teresa Giudice and hubby Joe Giudice are each criminals, but together they are diabolically criminal ... so says the sentencing judge who ordered each of them to put a wall between the other's finances.
According to court docs ... the "Real Housewives of New Jersey" stars were ordered to keep their personal and business accounts completely separate.
They've each been ordered to pay more than $400K in restitution. It appears at the very least the judge does not want Teresa to pay Joe's debt and vice versa. Fact is ... it's unclear what Joe really does for work, so he's the one who apparently is screwed by the order.
Another point in the docs ... the judge said she did not consider "anonymous letters and phone calls from the public in regards to sentencing."
We're guessing those letters and calls did not contain the word "mercy" ... at least for Joe.
Suge Knight Shooting
Cops Identify Trigger Man
Still Can't Bust Him
10/12/2014 12:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Suge Knight is one step closer to getting justice -- cops now believe they know who shot him 6 times on the Sunset strip ... but they still face a major hurdle to closing the case.
Law enforcement sources tell us they've reviewed security cameras and spoken to multiple witnesses of the August shooting at 1Oak, and while they're confident they've identified the suspect responsible for shooting Suge and 2 others -- they still don't have enough evidence to arrest the suspect.
As we told you .... it's been hard for investigators to get witnesses to open up -- par for the course after a Suge-involved shooting -- and that includes Suge.
We're told L.A. County Sheriff's investigators are still looking for that golden witness to come forward so they can make the arrest.
'7th Heaven' Co-Stars Say
We're Getting Screwed Out of Residuals
10/12/2014 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Stephen Collins' alleged child molestation scandal got "7th Heaven" reruns yanked off the air ... which means his former co-stars are about to see their residual checks dry up.
Niki Saletta and her brother Sam Saletta were 2 of the child actors on the show -- and Niki's manager (and mom) Caryn Moss tells us when the reruns stop airing, the residual paychecks stop too. She admits they weren't "Seinfeld" sized ... but says they'll still be missed.
Niki played "Deena Stewart" on 18 episodes, and Sam was "George Camden" on 6 episodes -- so, it's true ... at this point residuals (known as "mailbox money" in the biz) for non-starring roles would be pretty small.
TV Guide Network and UP TV both dropped "7th Heaven" from their lineups after TMZ posted Collins' audio taped confession to sexual misconduct with young girls. They were the last 2 channels airing the show in the U.S.
As for her children's safety on set -- Moss tells us she never saw anything suspicious, and never had any concerns about Collins.
'Swamp Man' Shelby Stanga
Busted for Felony Botanical Violence
10/12/2014 12:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Shelby "Swamp Man" Stanga -- one of reality TV's biggest bad ass loggers -- got a little carried away with his ax, and ended up getting busted for murder ... of a neighbor's tree.
Stanga was arrested and hauled off to jail down on the bayou this week for allegedly cutting down a cypress tree 3 years ago. Problem is the tree was standing in a swamp on his neighbor's property.
The Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office tells us Stanga -- star of "Ax Men" and his own spinoff -- was nabbed Monday. There's been a felony warrant out for his arrest since he took down the tree. He was released the same day, and now faces a felony theft charge.
We haven't been able to contact Stanga. Mobile phone service just ain't great in the swamp.
FUN FACT: The bald cypress has been Louisiana's official state tree since 1963.