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Columbus Short, a star on ABC’s Scandal, has gotten himself into a very scandalous real-life situation.

The actor has been arrested on felony battery charges stemming from his involvement in a bar fight on March 15.

As previously reported, Short was in a Los Angeles bar when a fellow patron allegedly made insulting remarks about his wife. 

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The star subsequently punched the man, sending him to the hospital.


“It happened out in the back, in the parking lot, so [a witness] who works here saw anything,” an insider tells E! News of the incident.

The Claremont Police Department confirmed that Short turned himself in after a warrant was issued for his arrest. He has since been released from custody after posting $50,000 bail.

If convicted, he could face up to four years in prison.

Short portrays Harrison Wright, a close ally of Kerry Washington’s Olivia Pope, on Scandal Season 3.

He has also been seen on Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, Death at a Funeral and Stomp the Yard 2: Homecoming.