Columbus Short Pleads Not Guilty to Felony Assault in Bar Fight

Scandal star will go to trial for punching patron.

Posted: 05/16/2014 10:15 AM EDT


Columbus Short isn't going down without a fight. The Scandal alum pleaded not guilty to felony assault charges in court on Thursday, TMZ reports. The actor was arrested in March after being accused of severely hurting a man in a bar fight, but subsequently released on $50,000 bail.

Things have been downhill for Short ever since the incident. In April, his estranged wife, Tanee McCall-Short, filed for a temporary restraining order against him after he allegedly attacked her in their home. A judge ordered Short to move out of their Los Angeles home and stay away from his ex and their young children.

The actor's legal and marital troubles may have contributed to his departure from Scandal. Short issued a statement saying he will not be returning to the hit series this fall. As a result of his unemployment, Short reportedly went back on a settlement agreement with the victim of the bar brawl and will now face him in court. The victim is seeking several hundred thousand dollars in damages.

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