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Sunday 21 September 2014

Columbus Short charged with felony

Columbus Short was arrested in the US

Scandal star Columbus Short has been arrested on a felony charge that he seriously injured a man during an altercation at an LA restaurant earlier this month.

The US actor was arrested by police on a warrant issued in a case that alleges he committed a battery that caused serious bodily harm.

He was involved in a dispute with a man at a west Los Angeles restaurant on March 15. Short is accused of hitting the man and knocking him out, according to Los Angeles police and prosecutors. Further details about the altercation were not released.

Short, 31, plays attorney Harrison Wright on ABC's hit series Scandal. Records show he was released after posting 50,000 dollars bail.

If convicted, Short faces up to four years in state prison. A date for his initial court appearance has not yet been set.

Short was charged on February 14 with misdemeanour spousal battery and has pleaded not guilty in that case. A judge ordered him to stay away from his wife, Tuere Short, at a March 5 court hearing. Records show she filed for divorce last year but dismissed her petition earlier this year.

Short, who also starred in the 2007 film Stomp The Yard, was charged with felony battery in June 2010 and pleaded no contest to the reduced charge of disturbing the peace in February 2011. He was placed on three years of informal probation and ordered not to threaten or use violence on anyone. Court records show he paid his fines and resolved the case without issue.

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