DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM/AP) – Actor Columbus Short spent part of his Fourth of July holiday in police custody.
Dallas police confirm Short, who formerly starred in the ABC hit TV show “Scandal,” was arrested at the Katy Trail Ice House Friday evening for public intoxication.
No mugshot was available for Short, who was fired from “Scandal” in April due to pending legal troubles.
Short is facing two criminal cases, one accusing him of misdemeanor spousal battery and another accusing him of felony battery that seriously injured a man during an altercation at a West Hollywood restaurant in March.
If convicted, Short faces up to four years in state prison.
Short was charged Feb. 14 with misdemeanor spousal battery and has pleaded not guilty in that case. A judge ordered him to stay away from his wife, Tuere Short, at a March 5 court hearing.
In that instance, Short’s wife reported that the actor began choking her while she was sleeping, chased her around their home, dragged her from a room and threw her on the ground, according to an application for a temporary restraining order that she filed.
Short’s wife filed for divorce April 15 after nearly nine years of marriage, citing irreconcilable differences. She is seeking legal and physical custody of the couple’s 2-year-old daughter.
With her filing, Tuere Short obtained another temporary restraining order accusing her husband of choking her and threatening to kill her and himself during a fight on April 7. She wrote in a court declaration that her husband was wielding a knife while threatening her, and that while fleeing from the home with her daughter, she believes the actor slashed her tires.
Short played attorney Harrison Wright on the hit series starring Kerry Washington. His character was last seen in grave jeopardy in the explosive season finale.
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