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'Scandal' Actor Accused Of Knocking Out A Dude At Westside Dive Bar

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Columbus Short of "Scandal" (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for GQ)
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An actor from Scandal got into a nasty fight at a Los Angeles bar, leaving another dude hospitalized, according to TMZ.

Columbus Short, 31, who portrays Harrison Wright on the ABC drama, is at the center of a criminal investigation stemming from a March 15 scuffle, sources told TMZ. He was attending his friends' engagement party at Gabe's Bar and Grill in Rancho Park at around 10:45 p.m. when another guest at the party started throwing shade, essentially saying, "You might be richer than me but I get my girls to buy me everything I want including your wife."

That led Short to sucker punch the 37-year-old man, pummeling him until the victim was unconscious and "looked dead," a witness told TMZ. The victim's nose was broken and he was rushed to a hospital.

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The victim unconscious and in a neck brace after the fight (Photo via TMZ)
Police are investigating the case. However, TMZ and DDOTOMEN reported that Columbus isn't a stranger to fights and punched Jason Hill of CSUN while playing basketball at an L.A. Fitness gym back in March 2010.

UPDATE 3/26, 5:20 p.m.: Short was arrested today for allegedly knocking a man out at the bar and booked at the Claremont Police Department, according to a press release from the L.A. County District Attorney's Office. He was charged with one count of felony battery with serious bodily injury. However, he was released on a $50,000 bail. City News Service reported that the actor can face up to four years in prison if convicted.