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Dennis Rodman’s ex-wife files restraining order in Orange County court


Dennis Rodman was upbeat before entering court in Orange County on Tuesday, May 29, 2012.

It may be “all about the kids” for former basketball star Dennis Rodman, but a court administrator in Santa Ana yesterday decided Rodman should stay away from his.

The court granted a temporary restraining order filed against Rodman by his ex-wife, Michelle Rodman, preventing him from visiting her or their two kids, the Orange County Register reports.

The rest is so much chatter from the lawyers: Rodman’s attorney says Orange County Superior Court Commissioner Renee Wilson made a decision based on a “one-sided story.” An attorney for Michelle Rodman explained that “She’s got to take care of those kids and not have any disruptions and when he’s around, it’s chaos.”

Beautifully, Rodman’s lawyer told the Register in a statement: “Mr. Rodman will never bash the mother of his children, regardless of what she says or does.”


Trespasser at Eric Garcetti's Silver Lake home served with restraining order

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Eric Garcetti with dublab at Sustainable Silverlake Earth Day festival '10.

A man who twice illegally entered the Silver Lake home of L.A. City Councilman and mayoral hopeful, Eric Garcetti, was ordered by a judge on Thursday to stay at least 100 yards away from the house for the next three years.

Garcetti's wife, Amy Wakeland, sought the restraining order against James A. Pagano Jr. who she said appeared to be “an unstable individual” and possibly a substance abuser, the L.A. Times reported. He showed up at the house as recently as last month and walked inside saying he was there for a "DirecTV meeting" with Garcetti.

Pagano, 37, was convicted of aggravated trespassing two weeks ago and has a previous conviction related to a domestic violence restraining order, according to officials.