Columbus Short Arrested After Bar Scuffle on Fourth of July: Report

Celebrity News Jul. 5, 2014 AT 1:30PM
Columbus Short Scandal alum Columbus Short was reportedly arrested after getting into a scuffle with a bar security guard in Dallas, TX on Friday, July 4 Credit: Allen Berezovsky/WireImage

Columbus Short could really use Olivia Pope's help right about now. The Scandal alum was arrested after getting into a scuffle with a bar security guard in Dallas, TX on Friday, July 4, TMZ reports.

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The 31-year-old actor was drinking at Katy Trail Ice House for four hours during the Fourth of July holiday before leaving without paying his tab, the site reports. When stopped by a security guard, Short reportedly accused the employee of racism and a fight ensued. The former ABC star was then arrested for public intoxication and taken to jail.

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The incident comes just weeks after Short was ordered to pay $21,000 in spousal support and child support to his estranged wife Tanee Short. Columbus was charged with a misdemeanor spousal battery on Valentine's Day and Tanee filed for divorce in April. The pair share a 2-year-old daughter.

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Short's professional life has also made headlines this year. In April, he announced his departure from the political drama Scandal two months after allegedly punching a man during another bar brawl. Despite speculation, creator Shonda Rhimes tweeted that his character Harrison Wright would not be recast.

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