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Ex-'Scandal' star Columbus Short admits to drug abuse

Columbus Short, who was let go from ABC’s Scandal after season three after allegations of spousal abuse arose, has admitted he was struggling with drug abuse at the time.

In an interview with Access Hollywood Live, Short admitted to substance abuse, calling this past year a “series of unfortunate events.”

“I’ll be candid. I was struggling with drugs. I had a lot on my plate, and you know, I was using unhealthy ways to kind of self-medicate and deal with a lot of heavy-duty stuff in my life,” Short tells hosts Kit Hoover and Billy Bush. Short also admitted that his vices were cocaine and drinking, in order to maintain the 16-hour work schedule, also noting that Shonda Rhimes and the cast of Scandal were aware of his substance abuse.

“They protected me and they held me down and that was one of the real reasons… they just wanted me to get my stuff together. Sometimes the bottom has to be dropped out for you to really get it,” Short added, also saying he moved to Atlanta to reboot and work on his album.

While his character, Harrison, was killed off at the end of season three, he says he hopes to return to Scandal, although he notes, “I just know I let them down, I disappointed them. They love me, I love them, let’s leave it at that.”

Watch Darren Wilson break silence on ABC News: 'I have a clean conscience'

Making his first public appearance since the death of Michael Brown, Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson broke his silence in an interview with ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos, explaining the circumstances that prompted him to shoot the 18-year-old on Aug. 9.

On Monday night, a St. Louis County grand jury would not bring charges against him, a decision that ignited protests in Ferguson.

“The reason I have a clean conscience is because I know I did my job right,” Wilson told Stephanopoulos Tuesday night on World News with David Muir.

In the interview, Wilson describes the events that lead to Brown’s death. He claims Brown threw the first punch, hitting him on the left side of his face. Then, he says Brown punched him on the right side of his face. He was unsure if he’d be able to survive another blow. Wilson pulled his gun out, and Brown made a move toward it, grabbing it with his hand, he said.

Wilson says he tried to shoot Brown, but his gun didn’t go off until the third time he pulled the trigger. Brown then ran off and Wilson ran after him. When asked why he didn’t let Brown go, Wilson responded, “My job isn’t to sit and wait.”

Next, Wilson said Brown stopped, his right hand in his waist pant, and his left hand rolled up into a fist. Wilson didn’t know if Brown had weapons on him. Stephanopoulos mentioned that some witnesses claimed Brown put his hands up, which Wilson denied.

Wilson then claimed Brown came at him, so he fired. He paused, and told Brown to get on the ground, but Brown didn’t stop running. When Brown got within eight to 10 feet of him, Wilson shot Brown in the head. Wilson had never used his gun while on duty prior to the shooting.

He said that there’s nothing he could have done to prevent the killing from taking place. When asked, he also said the events would have played out the same way if Brown had been white. “It’s always going to be something that happened,” Wilson said.

At the end of the interview, Stephanopoulos added that Wilson said he would not have done anything differently.

AP releases video of Bill Cosby pressing reporter to edit interview; new victim comes forward

The Associated Press has released a previously unaired portion of a Nov. 6 interview in which the interviewer asks Bill Cosby about the rape allegations made against him.


'James Bond' stuntman Jerry Alan dies at 75

Jerry Alan, a stuntman for three James Bond films and a number of other productions, has died at the age of 75.


Comic actor, Second City alum Richard Schaal dies at 86


Richard Schaal, one of the original members of Chicago’s Second City comedy theater and a frequent guest star on television comedies like The Mary Tyler Moore Show, died Tuesday, Nov. 4, according to his daughter Wendy Schaal.


TLC expresses concern over reports of Mama June dating sex offender

The future of TLC’s Here Comes Honey Boo Boo hangs in the balance after TMZ reported that the show’s matriarch, June “Mama June” Shannon, is allegedly dating Mark McDaniel, a convicted child molester who molested Shannon’s relative.

TMZ reports that Shannon has been dating McDaniel for the last few months; Shannon and the show’s patriarch, Mike “Sugar Bear” Thompson, separated in Sept. 2014. According to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Sex Offender Registry, McDaniel was charged with aggravated child molestation in 2004 and served a 10-year sentence.

A representative from TLC released the following statement to EW: “TLC is not currently in production on Here Comes Honey Boo Boo. We are very concerned about this new information and are reassessing the future of the series.”

Abby Lee Miller of 'Dance Moms' sued by student from show

Paige Hyland, a 13-year old cast member and dancer on Lifetime’s Dance Moms has filed a lawsuit against Dance Moms’ Abby Lee Miller. Hyland is suing Miller for emotional distress caused by the alleged mental and physical abuse by Miller for the sake of drama on the show.

Hyland, along with her sister Brooke Hyland and mother Kelly Hyland, were cast members on Dance Moms. The suit claims that “Miller even tossed a chair during a confrontation with Paige” and that “she had observed Miller physcially batter other people on the show including physically pushing Kelly Hyland’s face, pinching another student until she bled and violently grabbing another student by the arm.” According to the suit,  “Miller is paid to be abusive and bullying to her students and provoke arguments with the mothers in front of the children.”

Miller’s physical altercation with Kelly Hyland was documented in season four, which resulted in a separate $5 million lawsuit in February.


Actor Meshach Taylor dies at age 67

Emmy-nominated actor Meshach Taylor died Saturday in his Los Angeles-area home following a battle with a terminal illness, EW has confirmed. He was 67.

Taylor was best known for his role as Anthony Bouvier, the assistant-turned-partner at the Sugarbaker interior design firm on the CBS series Designing Women. He spent seven seasons on the sitcom and earned an Emmy nomination for his performance in 1989. READ FULL STORY

'Real Housewives of Atlanta' husband pleads guilty to fraud

Federal prosecutors say the husband of a Real Housewives of Atlanta star has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit mail, wire and bank fraud.

Department of Justice officials said in a news release Tuesday that 35-year-old Apollo Nida pleaded guilty to his involvement in the $2.3 million scheme. Nida is the husband of Phaedra Parks, one of the reality show’s stars. READ FULL STORY

Ariel Winter guardianship dispute ends in a settlement

Modern Family actress Ariel Winter will keep living with her adult sister after an agreement was reached Monday with Winter’s mother in a long-running guardianship dispute.

The agreement was reached just before a trial was set to begin on who would care for the 16-year-old actress.

Winter’s mother, Chrisoula Workman, agreed to drop her objections to the guardianship if her daughter could watch a video montage of family photos before court adjourned. READ FULL STORY

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