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Columbus Short gets probation, anger management in brawl


Thursday, September 24, 2015, 11:14 PM

Actor Columbus Short, 33, agreed to a plea deal in a restaurant brawl.David Buchan/Getty Images

Actor Columbus Short, 33, agreed to a plea deal in a restaurant brawl.

His latest scandal is over.

Former “Scandal” star Columbus Short pleaded no contest to felony assault in a March 2014 brawl on Thursday.

Short, 33, who once played Harrison Wright on the hit ABC show, punched a man at a Los Angeles restaurant and knocked him out, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

Felton Hyche III has said Wright “lunged at him” after they got into an argument during an engagement party at Gabe’s Bar and Grill in West L.A.

Short pleaded Thursday to an amended felony count of assault likely to cause great bodily injury and received credit for 12 days in county jail, prosecutors said.

L.A. County Superior Court Judge Leslie Brown sentenced Short to three years of probation and 60 days of community service and ordered him to attend 26 anger management classes. He’ll also have to pay a restitution penalty, which will be set at an Oct. 21 hearing.

The restaurant brawl doesn’t mark his first trouble with the law. Short was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving in 2008 and battery with great bodily injury in 2010, according to records cited by the Los Angeles Times. He also pleaded no contest in 2014 to misdemeanor spousal battery, and he was behind bars last month after a “financial misunderstanding” with his bail bondsman.


Short, shown in the center, played Harrison Wright opposite Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope on the hit ABC show ‘Scandal’ from 2012 to 2014.

“We came to an agreement with the prosecutor and the court,” Short’s lawyer, Ludlow B. Creary II, told TheWrap on Thursday. “Now Mr. Short can put this behind him and get on with his life and his career.”

Short portrayed a crisis management consultant at Olivia Pope’s firm from 2012 to 2014 on “Scandal.” He first appeared as a dancer in the 2004 film “You Got Served” and he has choreographed for Britney Spears, the Times reported. Short has a starring role in “Lucky Girl,” a film set to be released in 2016, according to IMDb.

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