Actor Columbus Short is planning to file an appeal in his domestic violence case with estranged wife Tanee McCall-Short, insisting he never hurt her. The former Scandal star was accused of attacking his estranged wife during a heated altercation at their home in California in April (14), but he pleaded no contest to misdemeanour spousal battery last month (Aug14).
He received a sentence of three years probation, 30 days of community labour, and counselling for domestic violence, but Short still wants to expunge the case from his official record.
After an unrelated court appearance for a felony battery case on Wednesday (17Sep14), Short told the New York Daily News, "I'll probably file an appeal in the case because I don't want it on my record since I didn't do it.
"I took a deal when I didn't really know what was going on. It was so rushed. I was in custody, and I was trying to make it to (another) courthouse (for another case)... I've never touched a woman, never touched a woman like that in my life. She's (Tanee) just upset, a woman scorned."
A warrant for actor Columbus Short's arrest has been increased to $500,000 (GBP294,000) following the troubled star's no-show in court on Wednesday (20Aug14). The former Scandal star was scheduled to appear in court to face charges of domestic violence following a fight with his estranged wife Tanee McCall-Short.
Short has been a fugitive from justice after failing to make it to a hearing last month (Jul14), preferring to extend his Barbados vacation.
His aides tell TMZ.com that the actor is expected to return to the U.S. late on Wednesday.
A bench warrant for his arrest was initially issued on 30 July (14) after he failed to attend a hearing in his domestic violence case.
Troubled actor Columbus Short appears to have skipped a court date in Los Angeles on Wednesday (30Jul14) to party at a festival in the Caribbean. A bench warrant for the former Scandal star's arrest was issued on Wednesday after he failed to attend a hearing in his domestic violence case, relating to an altercation with his estranged wife, Tanee McCall-Short, in April (14).
No explanation was given for his absence, which occurred a day after he narrowly avoided becoming a wanted man in a separate criminal case on Tuesday (29Jul14), after turning up late for another hearing.
However, the reason for Short's no show has now become public after he was snapped arriving at Barbados' Grantley Adams International Airport on Wednesday evening to attend the annual Crop Over bash.
According to local news site NationNews.com, he is due to make various appearances throughout the festivities, which will wrap up on Monday night (04Aug14).
Short has yet to address the latest development in his legal woes.
The actor is also facing a felony charge of aggravated battery relating to a bloody bar brawl in Los Angeles in March (14) and a count for public intoxication following an arrest in Dallas, Texas during the U.S. Independence Day (04Jul14) celebrations.
A Los Angeles judge has issued a warrant for Columbus Short's arrest after the embattled actor skipped a hearing in his domestic violence case. The former Scandal star stands accused of attacking his estranged wife, Tanee McCall-Short, during a heated altercation at their home in California in April (14).
She claims he was intoxicated as he allegedly threatened her with a knife, pinned her down on a couch and began to choke her.
Short was due to face the accusations in court on Wednesday morning (30Jul14), but he was a no show, so the judge overseeing the case approved a bench warrant for his arrest, according to TMZ.com.
McCall-Short, who was previously granted a restraining order against her ex, is requesting further protection from the 31 year old.
She filed to end their eight-year marriage last September (13).
News of his court absence emerges just a day after Short narrowly avoided becoming a wanted man in a separate criminal case on Tuesday (29Jul14) after turning up late for another hearing. It is not yet known which case Tuesday's court visit was for, but he faces a felony charge of aggravated battery relating to a bloody bar brawl in Los Angeles in March (14) and a count for public intoxication following an arrest in Dallas, Texas during the U.S. Independence Day (04Jul14) celebrations.
Actor Columbus Short has been barred from approaching his estranged wife until the end of July (14) after he was accused of violating her restraining order six times in the past month. Tanee McCall-Short obtained the protection order against the former Scandal star in April (14), amid allegations he had threatened to kill her during a heated domestic dispute.
He lost an appeal against the ruling and was ordered to move his belongings out of their marital home, but he was subsequently accused of breaking into the California property at the end of last month (Apr14).
McCall-Short's lawyer appeared before a judge on Wednesday (21May14) and revealed that the actor had allegedly broken the terms of the ban on a total of six separate occasions.
He requested to have the restraining order made permanent, but the judge delayed making a formal decision on the motion and instead extended the temporary ban until 30 July (14), according to TMZ.com.
McCall-Short initially filed for divorce from the star in September, 2013 after eight years of marriage. They are parents to a young daughter named Ayala.
It's not the only legal issue Short is facing - last week (ends16May14), he pleaded not guilty to a felony charge of aggravated battery relating to a bloody bar brawl in Los Angeles in March (14).
Actor Columbus Short has pleaded not guilty to a felony charge of aggravated battery relating to a bloody bar brawl in Los Angeles in March (14).
The former Scandal star pleaded his innocence during an arraignment hearing in a California court on Thursday (15May14), when he denied knocking out a fellow reveller at Gabe's Bar and Grill while attending an engagement party. The man was said to have been rendered unconscious for a few minutes and required medical attention for a broken nose.
Short had reportedly been in talks to settle the case out of court, but the financial deal fell apart following his exit from the hit political drama last month (Apr14), amid his mounting legal woes, according to TMZ.com. The actor, who is currently free on bail, faces up to four years behind bars if convicted of the charge.
Short is also embroiled in a legal battle with his estranged wife, Tanee McCall-Short, who has accused him of threatening her life during a recent argument and attempting to break into their marital home, from which he has been barred. She filed to end their eight-year marriage in September (13).
Scandal star Columbus Short broke into his marital home despite a restraining order barring him from the property, according to legal documents filed by his estranged wife. The actor was ordered to move out of the California property he shared with Tanee McCall-Short earlier this month (Apr14) after she accused him of threatening her life during an argument. He appealed against the ruling, but was denied access last week (ends27Apr14).
His wife has filed new legal documents, obtained by TMZ.com, claiming Short broke into their house over the weekend (26-27Apr14) and she now fears for her safety and the safety of their two-year-old daughter, Ayala.
McCall-Short filed for divorce from the actor in September, 2013 after eight years of marriage.
It's the latest personal drama for Short - he is facing trial for a charge of felony aggravated battery last month (Mar14) following a bar brawl. He announced he had left the hit political TV show last week (ends27Apr14) amid his legal woes.
Actor Columbus Short has exited hit TV show Scandal following a series of legal woes in his personal life. The 31 year old has been portraying Harrison Wright on the political drama since its launch in 2012, but he will not be joining co-star Kerry Washington and the rest of the cast for the forthcoming season four.
In a statement released on Friday (25Apr14), he writes, "At this time I must confirm my exit from a show I've called home for 3 years, with what is the most talented ensemble on television today. "I would like to first thank (creator) Shonda Rhimes for the opportunity to work with such an amazing cast. Thank you GLADIATORS (Scandal fans), who have supported me throughout my entire career and of course to ABC and Shondaland (production companies) for allowing me to play such a pivotal role in the Scandal series. "I have enjoyed every single minute of it. 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."
The news of his TV departure comes just two days after a California judge ordered him to permanently move out of the marital home he shared with his estranged wife Tanee McCall-Short after she accused him of threatening her life during a recent bust-up. He is also facing trial for a charge of felony aggravated battery relating to a bloody bar brawl last month (Mar14).
Scandal star Columbus Short has been given just two hours to collect his belongings from his marital home after his estranged wife obtained a restraining order against him. The actor was ordered to move out of the California home he shared with Tanee McCall-Short last week (15Apr14) after she accused him of threatening her life during a recent bust-up.
He appealed the ruling and headed back to court on Wednesday (23Apr14) to seek permission to move back in, but the motion was denied.
Instead, the judge granted Short brief access to the house on Monday (28Apr14) so he can gather his possessions, although his attorney must be present during the visit, reports TMZ.com.
The news comes months after McCall-Short filed for divorce to end their eight-year marriage.
It's the latest personal drama for Short - he is facing trial for a charge of felony aggravated battery last month (Mar14) following a bar brawl.
Actor Columbus Short is planning to design a clothing range based on the clothes his character wears in hit TV show Scandal. Short plays legal ace Harrison Wright in the political drama, and he is eyeing his own fashion line modelled on the litigator, so fans of the show, known as gladiators, can dress just like him.
He tells People.com, "I'm trying to do a line for Middle America - those gladiators out there who want to dress like Harrison, but can't afford it. There's a way to do it. Back in the day, black young men felt like a million dollars with a haircut and a suit jacket, so that's all we need, so that's what my focus is."
The news comes amid a series of real-life dramas for Short, who has been hit with a restraining order following an alleged bust-up with his estranged wife Tanee McCall-Short. He is also facing trial on a charge of felony aggravated battery over his alleged involvement in a bar brawl last month (Mar14).