'Scandal's' Columbus Short Arrested on Felony Charge

Columbus Short

The actor allegedly knocked a man out during an altercation at a West Los Angeles restaurant.

Scandal star Columbus Short was arrested Wednesday on a felony charge stemming from an altercation he allegedly participated in at a restaurant March 15.

Claremont police arrested Short for allegedly committing a battery that caused serious bodily harm, The Associated Press reports. According to law enforcement officials, Short got into an argument with a man at a West Los Angeles restaurant and struck the man, knocking him out.

He was released Wednesday on $50,000 bail. He faces four years in state prison if convicted. No date for a court appearance has been set.

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This is not Short's first run-in with the law this year. On Feb. 14, he was charged with misdemeanor spousal battery and on March 5, a judge ordered him to keep away from his wife, Tuere Short. He has pleaded not guilty in that case.

Short plays "Gladiator"/lawyer Harrison Wright on ABC's red-hot political thriller Scandal. He has been a series regular on the Shonda Rhimes-Betsy Beers series since its start. The character, a fan favorite, has had little to do during the show's three-season run while others have had meatier roles. The series is poised to explore Harrison's backstory in the back half of its current third season. 

Production on Scandal is not expected to be impacted by Short's legal woes. Production on season three -- already cut short to 18 episodes -- is scheduled to wrap this week. The series, inspired by real-life fixer Judy Smith, is considered the crown jewel on ABC's schedule this season as the network has been hard-pressed to find a new hit among its current freshman class. Until this point, the series had largely avoided behind-the-scenes drama. 

ABC declined comment on Short's arrest. Representatives for the actor did not immediately respond to THR's request for comment.