'Scandal' actor charged with felony

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LOS ANGELES -- Columbus Short, a lead actor on the TV series "Scandal," was arrested Wednesday on a felony charge that he seriously injured a man during an altercation at a restaurant.

Mr. Short was arrested on a warrant that alleges he committed a battery that caused serious bodily harm.

The actor, 31, was involved in a dispute with a man at a West Los Angeles restaurant March 15 before Mr. Short hit the man and knocked him out, according to Los Angeles police and prosecutors.

He plays attorney Harrison Wright on the ABC hit "Scandal." Records show he was released Wednesday after posting $50,000 bail.

He was charged Feb. 14 with misdemeanor spousal battery and has pleaded not guilty. A judge ordered him to stay away from his wife, Tuere Short, at a March 5 court hearing. Records show she filed for divorce last year but dismissed her petition earlier this year.

The actor was charged with felony battery in June 2010 and pleaded no contest to the reduced charge of disturbing the peace in February 2011. He was placed on three years of informal probation.

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