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Columbus Short arrested in Texas for public intoxication

Former Scandal actor Columbus Short was arrested for public intoxication in Dallas early Saturday morning, CNN reports.

The 31-year-old actor, no stranger to run-ins with the law, was apprehended by local police at around 2 a.m. while at a restaurant and beer garden named Katy Trail Ice House, a DPD spokesperson told CNN.

According to TMZ, Short may have been involved in a bar fight with a guard after a long night of Fourth of July celebration. The TMZ report goes on to say that Short also tried to scuffle with police officers before getting taken to jail.

Short was arrested for a similar incident back in April, when he was charged with a felony for allegedly injuring a man during an altercation at a restaurant in California; the actor has also been involved in multiple domestic violence charges.

Ex-'Scandal' actor Columbus Short faces lawsuit after restaurant fight

Columbus Short, who played Harrison Wright on ABC’s Scandal for its first three seasons, was sued on Monday by Felton Hyche III—the man he allegedly assaulted outside of a restaurant on March 15—for battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and negligence.

According to the seven-page complaint filed in the Los Angeles County Superior Court on Monday, Hyche alleges that the former Scandal star attacked him outside of Gabe’s Bar and Grill in California. The two men were at a bar to celebrate Hyche’s sister’s engagement.

Hyche claims that the 31-year-old actor attacked him following an argument that took place outside of the restaurant. Short’s “unwarranted and cowardly ‘sucker punch,’” as the suit describes it, allegedly knocked Hyche unconscious and caused him to fall to the ground and hit his head on the concrete. According to the suit, Short fled the scene before Hyche was rushed to the hospital. Hyche claims he suffered a major fracture to his cheek and orbital bones.

Hyche also claims that he continues to endure “ridicule from strangers as the man who was knocked out by Columbus Short,” and thus is seeking punitive and exemplary damages in the amount of $1 million for both the battery charge and the infliction of emotional distress.

On May 15, Short appeared in court and pleaded not guilty to felony battery charges. If convicted, Short faces up to four years in jail.

Short is currently also dealing with a misdemeanor spousal battery case for allegedly threatening to kill his wife, who filed for divorce and a restraining order following the incident.

In April, Short confirmed that he will not be returning four Scandal‘s fourth season.

 

Ex-'Scandal' star Columbus Short pleads not guilty to felony battery

Actor Columbus Short has pleaded not guilty to felony battery charges stemming from a fight that left a man unconscious and with a broken nose.

The former Scandal star appeared for the arraignment in a Los Angeles courtroom on Thursday, according to The Associated Press. The incident occurred at a West Los Angeles restaurant on March 15, where Short allegedly sucker-punched the victim after a disagreement.

Short also faces a misdemeanor spousal battery case for allegedly threatening to kill his wife, who has a temporary restraining order against him. READ FULL STORY

'Scandal' star Columbus Short accused of threatening to kill his wife

The wife of Scandal star Columbus Short has received a temporary restraining against the actor and filed for divorce after he allegedly threatened to kill her and himself.

Tuere Short has accused her husband of holding a knife to her throat and making death threats during an altercation on April 7. According to the restraining order, the incident started when Columbus, who appeared intoxicated, lunged at Tuere with a wine bottle as if he was going to hit her. He verbally abused her and dumped the wine on her.

When Tuere attempted to get away, Columbus followed her downstairs and grabbed a knife from the kitchen, according to the documents filed April 15. He pinned her on the couch and held the knife near her throat, threatening to kill her and himself. Columbus demanded they play a game he called “Truth or Truth” and named several men that they knew, asking if she had affairs with any of them. She denied infidelity and was able to escape with the couple’s 2-year-old daughter. Columbus allegedly slashed her tire as she drove away. READ FULL STORY

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