Controversy is usually not a bad thing for a celebrity's profile — any publicity is good publicity, right? — except in these rare cases where scandal nearly destroyed the stars' career.
Columbus Short was the envy of every struggling actor in Hollywood, with a plum role on the hottest show on television, Scandal. But he blew it all with a real-life scandal, or three, of his own. Short's temper got so bad (he was arrested for knocking a man unconscious and reportedly threatened to kill his wife), even Olivia Pope couldn't save him. He was fired from the hit series this past spring.