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Columbus Short Arrested: Former 'Scandal' Actor Busted for Public Intoxication On Fourth Of July

By Dina Exil | Jul 07, 2014 12:27 PM EDT

Columbus Short
Actor Columbus Short was arrested on the Fourth of July for public intoxication. (Photo : Reuters)

31-year-old Columbus Short was arrested Friday for public intoxication at local bar Katy Trail Ice House in Dallas,, according to Texas police. Entertainment Weekly reported that the "Losers" actor ran up a tab for four hours.

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Security confronted the actor when they thought he was about to leave without paying. During a verbal altercation Short accused the guard of being racist, and a fight broke out. TMZ reported the altercation was stopped by off-duty officers hired by the bar.

While being arrested, the actor was allegedly resistant, even calling one black officer an "Uncle Tom." Police spokesman Warren Mitchell said Short was released from custody.

Earlier this year, Short pleaded not guilty to felony battery charges following his arrest after getting involved in a bar fight. He was also arrested twice for domestic violence this year, including being accused of threatening to kill his wife and himself with a knife.

Short's wife, Tanee Short, filed for divorce to end their nine-year marriage and was also granted a restraining order to keep the actor away from their two-year-old daughter.

Short will not be returning to ABC's "Scandal" this coming fall, after appearing on the hit drama series for three years.

"At this time, I must confirm my exit from a show I've called home for three years, with what is the most talented ensemble on television today," Short said in a statement about his departure. "I would like to first thank Shonda Rhimes for the opportunity to work with such an amazing cast... Everything must come to an end, and unfortunately the time has come for Harrison Wright to exit the canvas. I wish nothing but the best for Shonda, Kerry and the rest of the cast, who have become like a second family to me in such a short amount of time. For this, I will forever be grateful."

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