A star of ABC’s hit show Scandal has been accused of threatening to kill his wife and himself. Columbus Short, 31, has a history of violence and trouble with the law, and after this incident with Tuere Tanee McCall, his wife, she is filing for divorce and a restraining order.
1. He Allegedly Threatened to Stab His Wife if She Lied About Cheating
According to TMZ, the incident occurred on April 7 when Short returned to the couple’s home inebriated and poured a bottle of wine on his wife’s head. According to Tuere Tanee McCall, Short then grabbed a kitchen knife, and began choking his wife, insisting they play “truth or truth” and began naming names of men he believed her to be having an affair with.
Short then allegedly threatened to stab his wife in the leg, as well has kill both her an himself. TMZ also claims Short slashed his wife’s tires when she tried to drive away.
2. His Wife Filed for a Restraining Order & Divorce
Before this recent incident, Columbus Short and his wife were already being described as “estranged.” In September 2013, McCall filed for divorce, but threw out the attempt in March, reports the New York Daily News.
In February of this year, Short was arrested for attacking his wife in front of his children at around 2 a.m. He was charged then with spousal batter and pleaded not guilty.
Now, after these two attacks, McCall has filed for divorce again, but this time she’s backed it up with a restraining order.
3. He’s Been Arrested Multiple Times for Battery & Domestic Violence
As of April 2014, Short has been arrested multiple times for violent crimes, including multiple physical attacks on his wife. On March 15, 2014, Short was arrested after a bar argument turned violent and police say short sucker-punched a man in the face, breaking his nose and knocking him unconscious.
Earlier on in his career, in 2010, TMZ reports he punched a fellow player on an L.A. basketball court. He was charged with aggravated battery.
4. McCall Is Also an Actor
Short’s soon-to-be ex-wife Tuere Tamee McCall is also an actor, and above you can see the two of them co-star in the trailer for an upcoming short film. McCall, best known for dancing in films like You Got Served and Burlesque, has been featured in 6 feature films including Starsky & Hutch, Hairspray, and Coach Carter.
5. The Season Finale of ‘Scandal’ is April 17
The finale of ABC’s hit show Scandal happens one day after Short’s well-publicized arrest. The episode, titled “The Price of Free and Fair Election,” will be aired on April 17 at 9 p.m.