News

‘Scandal’ actor charged with felony battery

‘Scandal’ actor charged with felony battery

CHARGED: Actor Columbus Short is involved in a real-life scandal. Photo: Reuters

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Actor Columbus Short, best known for his role as Harrison Wright on ABC’s hit drama series “Scandal,” was arrested on Wednesday on a felony battery charge, the Los Angeles County District Attorney said.

Short, 31, was involved in a March 15 incident where he was alleged to have punched and knocked out a male guest at a restaurant in West Los Angeles, the District Attorney’s office said in a statement.

The actor was booked and released from Claremont Police Department in eastern Los Angeles County after posting $50,000 bail. The actor is due in court at a later date, and if convicted, he faces up to four years in state prison.

Short has a supporting role in ABC’s “Scandal” alongside lead actress Kerry Washington, playing a member of Olivia Pope’s covert crisis management team operating in the murky political world of Washington D.C.

ABC, owned by the Walt Disney Co., declined to comment on the incident. Representatives for the actor did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

(Reporting by Piya Sinha-Roy; Editing by Mary Milliken and Cynthia Osterman)

Recent Headlines

in Entertainment

Today in entertainment history: Sept. 30

cheers

A look back at the Hollywood headlines that made history.

in Entertainment

Ben Affleck buys American cars after time in Detroit

affleck

The actor says he was moved by the city and its economic struggles.

in Music

Carrie Underwood planning anthology

carrieunderwood

Underwood will release "Greatest Hits: Decade Number One," on Dec. 9.

in Entertainment

Clooney caps wedding weekend with civil ceremony

clooney

The man once dubbed the world's "most eligible bachelor" bid goodbye to single life and married lawyer Amal Alamuddin.

in Music

Lee Ann Womack makes ‘hardcore country’

womack

The singer says she is finally making the music she has always wanted to.