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'Scandal' character fired because of alleged domestic violence and arrests

Columbus Short fired from 'Scandal'
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According to New York Daily News on Friday, Columbus Short confirms his exit from ABC's hit show, "Scandal." For three years, he played the role of Harrison Wright, the right-hand man of Olivia Pope played by Kerry Washington. He was dismissed from the popular series created by Shonda Rhimes because of several arrests for allegedly attacking his wife, Tanee McCall.

The 31-year-old actor released a statement confirming what people were beginning to suspect since the allegation was that he put a knife to his wife's throat and threatened to kill her.

In a statement obtained by Entertainment Weekly, Short wrote, “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. Everything must come to an end and unfortunately the time has come for (my character) Harrison Wright to exit the canvas."

Olivia Pope could fix things for others. Unfortunately, she couldn't fix this situation for her co-star. Short is leaving "Scandal" in the wake of several recent arrests from domestic violence allegations. So a real life scandal has cost the actor his job.

Earlier this month, McCall filed a restraining order against Short after a domestic disturbance. TMZ reported that Short was accused of choking her because he believes she was sleeping with other men.

Short's most recent arrest was not the only one he has been involved in. Last February, he was arrested and accused of attacking his wife in front of their children. Two weeks later he was accused of pushing her. Then a month later, he was arrested for allegedly punching a guest at an engagement party. Because of all this, McCall has filed for divorce and is asking for custody of their 2-year-old daughter.

No one knows exactly how the writer will deal with Short's exit for the upcoming season. However, it shouldn't be a hard decision because during the season's finale in a cliffhanger Harrison Wright was looking down the barrel of a gun from a would-be assassin.

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