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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.


Report: Diddy offers $200 million to buy Fuse

Sean “Diddy” Combs has offered $200 million to buy the Fuse network, Bloomberg reports.

Combs — who launched his Revolt TV channel in October — would convert Fuse into his cable-music network, if the bid is successful. Buying the more established channel would give Revolt wider distribution and higher subscription fees, according to Bloomberg.

“As we have stated, we are exploring strategic alternatives for Fuse, and will have no further comment during what is still an ongoing process,” Kimberly Kerns — a spokeswoman for Fuse’s owner, the Madison Square Garden Co. — told Bloomberg.

'Scrubs' star Donald Faison settles money dispute with former talent agency

Scrubs star Donald Faison has settled his dispute with United Talent Agency, according to a report from Deadline. Last week, the entertainment talent agency — which previously represented Faison — filed a suit in LA Superior Court claiming that the actor owed them $73,000 in commissions, from his time with Scrubs on NBC and ABC, as well as a 2010 pilot. Deadline‘s sources claim that Faison was unaware of the outstanding bill and paid the full amount when he found out about the suit, which will presumably be dropped next week in court.

Creative Arts Emmys 2012: See the winners here!

The Primetime Creative Arts Emmys, honoring TV achievements that aren’t included in the glitzier Primetime Emmys (airing Sept. 23), took place today at LA’s Nokia Theatre. The winners reflected the enormous diversity of the current TV landscape, from network biggies like CBS’s Two and a Half Men (whose Kathy Bates won Best Guest Actress in a Comedy) to cable offerings like best Outstanding Drama Casting winner Homeland. HBO’s Game of Thrones took home six trophies, including Outstanding Costumes for a Series, the most of any show this year. Here’s a list of notable winners (the full list can be found here). Tune to ReelzChannel next Saturday, September 22 at 8pm ET to watch a condensed two-hour version of  the ceremony.

Outstanding Casting for a Drama SeriesHomeland, Showtime

Outstanding Casting for a Miniseries, Movie or a SpecialGame Change, HBO

Outstanding Casting for a Comedy SeriesGirls, HBO

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series – Kathy Bates, Two and a Half Men, CBS

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series – Jeremy Davies, Justified, FX

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series – Jimmy Fallon, Saturday Night Live, NBC

Outstanding Directing for Nonfiction Programming – Martin Scorsese, George Harrison: Living in the Material World, HBO

Outstanding Children’s ProgramWizards of Waverly Place, Disney Channel

Outstanding Reality ProgramUndercover Boss, CBS

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series – Martha Plimpton, The Good Wife, CBS

Rachel Zoe protege Brad Goreski scores stylist gig

Will stylist Brad Goreski be taking his signature bow ties to the runway? The Rachel Zoe protege and star of his own Bravo series premiering Monday, It’s a Brad, Brad World, announced on Twitter that he’s taking a new role as the Exclusive Brand Stylist at designer Kate Spade.

“I am thrilled to say that I will be working with @katespadeny as their Exclusive Brand Stylist!! I’m so excited!! @wwd,” Goreski tweeted.

Women’s Wear Daily first reported the news. Goreski told WWD “We see so many people carrying the bags and the accessories. It’s my hope to get the ready-to-wear out there and see it more on the streets and see people playing with it and making it their own.”

Netflix abandons plan to spin-off DVD service

Netflix has reversed its decision to spin-off the company’s DVD delivery option into a new service called Qwikster, according to the New York Times. “Consumers value the simplicity Netflix has always offered and we respect that,” Netflix chief executive Reed Hastings said in a statement. “There is a difference between moving quickly — which Netflix has done very well for years — and moving too fast, which is what we did in this case.”

On September 18, Netflix announced its intention to separate the company’s online streaming and DVD-by-mail services. The plan attracted criticism from users and prompted the price of Netflix stock to slide.

Many Netflix customers had already been disturbed by a recent price increase which raised the cost of having both online streaming and DVD-by-mail delivery from $10 to $16 a month. That increase is unaffected by today’s announcement.

Steve Jobs resigns as Apple CEO

The man who put the world of entertainment in the palm of our hands has stepped down from his position as CEO of Apple.

The Wall Street Journal has posted a letter from Steve Jobs to the company’s board of directors and “the Apple community” at large, saying that he felt he could not longer serve in his position at the technology powerhouse. “I hereby resign as CEO of Apple. I would like to serve, if the Board sees fit, as Chairman of the Board, director and Apple employee.”

He recommended Tim Cook, COO of the company, be chosen as his successor. READ FULL STORY

Nick Charles, CNN's first sports anchor, dies at 64

CNN sports anchor Nick Charles has passed away at the age of 64 after battling bladder cancer. Charles was the network’s first sports broadcaster and co-hosted Sports Tonight with Fred Hickman for years. He also was one of the few anchors to be immortalized by Topps on a bubble gum trading card.

Lance Armstrong seeks '60 Minutes' apology, '60 Minutes' stands by its story

Lance Armstrong is demanding an on-air apology from 60 Minutes after a Swiss anti-doping authority denied a report included in the CBS news show’s report that the seven-time Tour de France winner tested positive for performance enhancers at the 2001 Tour de Suisse, according to the Associated Press. In a segment that aired May 22, Armstrong’s former teammate Tyler Hamilton said that cycling authorities helped Armstrong bury a positive drug test during the 2001 Swiss race. Martial Saugy, the head of the Swiss anti-doping agency, rejected that allegation last week.

In a letter to CBS News chairman and 60 Minutes executive producer Jeff Fager, Armstrong’s lawyer Elliot Peters wrote, “In the cold light of morning your story was either extraordinarily shoddy, to the point of being reckless and unprofessional, or a vicious hit-and-run job … In either case, a categorical on-air apology is required.”

UPDATE: 60 Minutes has issued a response to Armstrong. See Fager’s comment in full after the jump: READ FULL STORY

Matthew Perry returning to rehab

Actor Matthew Perry is returning to rehab, People reports. The former Friends star, who most recently headlined the ABC comedy Mr. Sunshine, released a statement saying, “I’m making plans to go away for a month to focus on my sobriety and to continue my life in recovery,” adding, “Please enjoy making fun of me on the World Wide Web.” This is Perry’s third stint in rehab; he previously sought treatment in 1997 and 2001 for addiction to prescription pills and alcohol.

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