When ABC’s Scandal began airing, it was an instant hit. Among the all-star cast was Columbus Short who was part of the “Gladiators” crew led by Kerry Washington’s character, Olivia Pope. It seemed like his star was only rising when, suddenly, he found himself behind bars. It shocked many fans and, now, more information about his struggles has surfaced.
Short was accused accused of punching a man and causing serious injury during an altercation outside of Gabe’s Bar and Grill in West Hollywood on March 15, 2014. The man, Felton Hyche III, was knocked unconscious after they got into an argument at an engagement party.
The 33-year-old pleaded no contest to an amended felony count of assault and received credit for 12 days in county jail. Ultimately, the judge sentenced the actor to three years of probation and 60 days of community service. He is also required to attend 26 anger management sessions and pay a restitution penalty.
History with the Law
Short is no stranger to the courtroom and has been in trouble a few times over the years. Back in 2008, he was arrested on suspicion of drink driving and then again in 2010 for battery with great bodily injury. He must also be familiar with the pleas process since he pleaded no contest to misdemeanor spousal battery in 2014.
As if that isn’t enough, just last month he was jailed after a “financial misunderstanding” cause some conflict with his bail bondsman.
After he was charged with felony battery, Short’s second wife, Tanee McCall, filed for divorce and also obtained a temporary restraining order. The couple, who have a daughter together, had been estranged prior to this event. McCall alleged that her husband held a knife to her throat, threatened to kill her and himself and was verbally abusive. It sounds as though this could be a pattern for the actor.
It didn’t take long for Short to also lose his job. In a statement, just days after his arrest, he said: “Everything must come to an end and unfortunately the time has come for Harrison Wright to exit the canvas,” read part of a statement he issued at the time. “I wish nothing but the best for Shonda Rhimes (show creator), Kerry Washington and the rest of the cast, who have become like a second family to me in such a short amount of time. For this, I will forever be grateful.”
Short, who began his career as a dancer and choreographed videos for Britney Spears, first appeared on the big screen in 2004’s “You Got Served.” His next project is “Lucky Girl,” which is set to be released in 2016.