Former ‘Scandal’ Star Columbus Short Arrested at Album Release Party

Troubled actor was apprehended by bounty hunters at Universal Studios City Walk in Los Angeles

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Former “Scandal” star Columbus Short was in police custody Wednesday night, after being arrested by bounty hunters during his album release party at Universal Studios City Walk in Los Angeles a day earlier.

Following his arrest, he was held on $250,000 bail at the Men’s Central Jail.

“His arrest was not due to an outstanding warrant as was erroneously reported,” his rep said. “It appears that this is a citizens arrest as a result of an issue between Mr. Short and his bail bondsman.”

“Mr. Short was in good standing with the court when he was picked up. It’s really just between him and his bail bondsman,” the rep added.

Short was due to appear before a judge at 8:30 a.m. Thursday at the LAX Superior Court in Los Angeles. However, his attorney Ludlow B. Creary told TheWrap that Short was expected to post bail before then, and in turn would not have to attend the Thursday hearing. “He is in the process of bailing out as we speak,” Creary said.

Short, 32, was about to go on stage to perform his new music at Universal’s Infusion Lounge when men in bullet-proof vests with “Agent” emblazoned on them apprehended him, later handing him over to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department for booking.

The arrest was the latest in a series of legal troubles involving the embattled actor. In April 2014, he left the hit ABC show “Scandal” after being charged in a domestic violence case.

In December 2014, a judge ruled that Short would stand trial on a felony battery charge stemming from a March brawl in the parking lot of a Los Angeles bar, where he was accused of punching Fenton Hyche. Hyche suffered a concussion and a fractured eye socket, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. If convicted, Short faces up to four years in prison in the case.