Ex Scandal Star Columbus Short Pleads No Contest in Assault Case

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Ex-‘Scandal’ star pleads no contest to knocking man out.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former “Scandal” actor Columbus Short is avoiding jail time after pleading no contest Thursday to punching a man at a Los Angeles bar last year. The former “Scandal” actor reached a plea deal Thursday in a case stemming from an alleged bar brawl in West Los Angeles, the actor’s attorney said. “We came to an agreement with the prosecutor and the court,” Short’s attorney, Ludlow B.

Short pleaded no contest to a felony count of assault likely to cause great bodily injury, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office. A witness testified at a December hearing that Short delivered a running punch during a fight in March 2014, causing Fenton Hyche III to lose consciousness and fall to the ground at a family gathering.

Short, 33, appeared in the hit ABC show Scandal for three seasons as Harrison Wright, one of Kerry Washington’s loyal “Gladiators.” He was last seen with a gun to his head on the Season 3 finale. After reports surfaced of Short threatening his wife Tanee, during a heated argument in April 2014, his contract option for the show was not picked up.

Short, who turned 33 last week, left “Scandal” after being charged in the assault case and a separate domestic-violence case involving his estranged wife. After December’s hearing, a judge ruled that prosecutors had shown enough evidence to support a battery charge against Short but expressed doubts about the credibility of some of Hyche’s testimony. Hyche said he couldn’t remember several aspects of his argument with Short but acknowledged that he had taken off a jersey and was prepared to fight the actor. Hyche acknowledged he was arguing with Short about money and said he “felt like he was being belittled.” He said in response to questions from Short’s attorney that he didn’t remember throwing money at Short’s wife at one point or taunting the actor.

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