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Scandal's Columbus Short Arrested on Felony Charges, And It's Not the First Time

By Vivian Kane | Celebrities Are Better than You | March 26, 2014 | Comments ()


On Scandal, Columbus Short refers to himself and the other descandalizers as “gladiators in suits.” Well, it turns out Short isn’t so much a gladiator in a suit as he is an asshole with violent behavior.

It was reported this week that Short had a warrant out for his arrest after attacking a guy in a bar fight. According to TMZ (which, by the way, it hurts my soul to cite as a source), Short came up behind the man and “suckerpunched” him, after the guy had been talking some trash or some such nonsense. The man was reportedly unconscious for a few minutes, and ended up with a broken nose.

While this story is getting decent coverage, what hasn’t gotten much attention is the fact that this is not Short’s first incidence of reported violence. In February of this year, he was charged with misdemeanor spousal abuse and ordered to stay away from him wife. He was also charged with felony battery in 2010 (It was later reduced to a charge of disturbing the peace).

Short turned himself in to the police after his warrant was issued and was released yesterday on $50,000 bail. He faces up to four years in prison. As a few “news” outlets have been quick to point out, this shouldn’t conflict with the shooting of Scandal, which is set to wrap it’s current season this week. Cause obviously that’s what’s important here.

Via ">ABC.

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  • wonkeythemonkey

    "…this shouldn’t conflict with the shooting of Scandal, which is set to wrap it’s current season this week. Cause obviously that’s what’s important here."

    Come on, now. I appreciate some good snark, but let's not pretend we care about this story for any reason other than Short being an actor on Scandal.

  • Maddy

    I mean, he is literally on screen for max 2 minutes every episode. If that character just disappeared, no one would even notice.

  • dizzylucy

    They disappeared they guy who was Desmond from Lost from this show and it took me about half a season to notice. I probably wouldn't notice Short gone either.

  • AudioSuede

    I still think of him as Darius from Studio 60. And Darius would never do something like that. For shame, Darius.

  • bleujayone

    All things being equal, if Shonda Rhimes really is intolerant of bullshit behavior like she was of her Grey's Anatomy cast, then Mr. Short should expect a swift and unexpected end to his character on the show. If he doesn't, then it brings up a rather odd double standard in which verbal expressions of homophobia is unacceptable but spousal abuse and random assault is.

  • Jamie Dello Stritto

    I'm not defending anyone here, but I do want to add that the homophobic slur was about another actor on the show and was said in the middle of a fight with another actor on the show. I think inter-workplace turmoil, and the fact that he kept frickin bringing it up in the media, played a huge part in the decision not to renew his contract.

  • Genevieve Burgess

    Nooooo, Legless Pooch! Behave yourself!

  • Seriously underrated movie.

  • Blake Shrapnel

    Hilariously enough, this would be a perfect job for Olivia Pope.

  • e jerry powell

    Oh, I'm sure "she's" on it already. Judy Smith, Paula Deen's spin doctor, is a "Scandal" executive producer.

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