Columbus Short Allegedly Threatens Wife With Knife While Drunk

By Shawn Dwyer 04/17/14

The 'Scandal' star was reportedly intoxicated on wine when he threatened to kill his wife and himself over her alleged affairs.

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Columbus Short could really use Olivia Pope to fix this mess.

According to divorce papers and a restraining order filed by Tuere Tanee McCall, Short allegedly threatened to kill his wife then himself after drunkenly accusing her of having affairs.

On April 7, an intoxicated Short reportedly approached McCall in her room, where he grabbed her phone from her hands and began hurling abusive comments. McCall claimed that Short lunged at her several times and "acted as if he was about to hit me with the [wine] bottle." The court documents also stated that he poured wine on the sofa, pinned her down, and held the knife to her throat before continuing to "berate her abusively" and aggressively question her about the affairs.

"He placed the knife close to my neck and threatened to kill me and then kill himself," McCall said according to the court documents. McCall was able to get away from Short, but was only able to go so far since the tires on her car were slashed. McCall is seeking sole custody of their two-year-old daughter.

Short has been in trouble with the law for violence before. Back in February, he was arrested for an altercation with McCall in front of their children. He pled not guilty to spousal battery. The following month, he was arrested again, this time for his involvement in a Los Angeles bar fight that left a man hospitalized. In 2010, he was alleged to have broken another man’s jaw while playing pick-up basketball.

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