Scandal Actor Arrested: What Happened to Columbus Short?

By April Lara | 4 years ago
Scandal Actor Arrested: What Happened to Columbus Short?
Actor Columbus Short at The Losers film panel at WonderCon 2010. WIkimedia Commons/BrokenSphere

“Scandal” actor Columbus Short, 31, was arrested on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 due to a felony battery charge. What happened to Columbus Short?

CNN reported that the “Scandal” actor was accused of “punching and knocking out a patron” at a restaurant in West Los Angeles on March 15, 2014. Short was jailed but bailed out by paying $50,000.

However, if Short gets convicted for the crime that he did, it’s possible that he will be imprisoned for 4 years. On March 5, 2014, a judge ordered Short to stay away from his wife, as there is a pending divorce case that was filed in 2013, but the petition was dismissed in early 2014.

This is not the first time that “Scandal” actor Columbus Short got charged for a felony battery case. In June 2010, he was also charged for the same case and pleaded no contest in February 2011. That year (2011), he was placed under informal probation for 3 years but he got through as the court records show that he paid all his fines and he got through the case without any issues.

Columbus Short plays Harrison Wright, a member of a fixer on the hit ABC series, “Scandal.” He has also appeared in films such as “Stomp the Yard,” “Death at a Funeral,” and “Accepted.””

“Scandal” is a political TV series, which debuted on ABC on April 5, 2012. It takes place in Washington, D.C and it focuses on Olivia Pope’s crisis management firm, Olivia Pope & Associates. Short is a member of the said firm.

“Scandal” creator, Shonda Rimes of Shondalan Production Company offered no comments regarding the issue involving one of her actors. According to sources, this did not affect the production of the show and the latest season is set to wrap up in March 2014.

Faced with an inevitable future due to the crime that took place, Short’s future on the show “Scandal” is uncertain as he may be facing 4 years in prison if found guilty. He is expected to be arraigned on the charge within March 2014.

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About the author

April Lara has a degree in Journalism and Professional Culinary Arts. She started a career in Journalism in 2009 and has been part of MNG since March 2015.