Former Scandal star Columbus Short is facing two misdemeanor charges after he was arrested for domestic violence earlier this month.
According to TMZ, on Wednesday (Feb. 16) L.A. City Attorney Michael N. Feuer issued one charge of domestic violence and one charge of child endangerment against the 39-year-old. The outlet reports that the child endangerment charge was filed because the incident took place in front of a child.
BET previously reported that Short was taken into custody on Feb. 2 after an incident involving his wife Aida Abramyan had occurred. Police were called to Short's San Fernando Valley, California residence around 10:30 p.m. after a verbal back-and-forth argument between the couple turned physical.
Short accused Abramyan of punching him in the face but authorities were unable to locate any markings on the Stomp The Yard star. However, they reportedly noticed a minor injury on his wife’s face which led to his felony arrest.
He was booked at the Los Angeles Police Department’s Van Nuys station with bail set at $50,000, according to his inmate record. Short was released on bond at 1:45 p.m. on Thursday, the record states. He is due to appear at Los Angeles Superior Court on June 6.
Prior to the news of Short’s misdemeanor charges, the actor headed to social media to warn his followers that the allegations against him were false, according to The Jasmine Brand.
“I just got word that TMZ [is about] to drop a story tomorrow, talking about I got charges dropped on me. For domestic violence and, second, child abuse. What?! The devil is a liar,” he said.
Adding, “So, I’m just putting this word out early. Cause Ima preemptively strike, cause I ain’t playing these games this time. I laid down the last time, I ain’t laying down no more. Harvey, if you want some smoke, bring it on! Stop playing with me!”
He is due to appear at Los Angeles Superior Court on June 6, PEOPLE notes.