Careers Rocked by Scandal and Controversy

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  • Columbus Short
  • Isaiah Washington
  • Marion Jones
  • Lance Armstrong
  • OJ Simpson
  • Tim Hardaway
  • Beenie Man
  • Tiger Woods
  • Michael Vick
  • Chris Brown
  • Paula Deen
  • Alex Rodriguez
  • Michael Jackson

Columbus Short

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.

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