Columbus Short defends 'Scandal' family, admits alcohol abuse and denies violent behavior on 'Access Hollywood Live'

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It seems like every day a new story comes out about ex "Scandal" actor Columbus Short getting in trouble with the law. Monday (July 7), Short decided to set the record straight to the public in an appearance on "Access Hollywood Live" with an especially candid interview with host Billy Bush.

The actor was quick to dismiss his most recent brush with the cops, where he got arrested in Dallas for his role in a 4th of July bar fight, "a misunderstanding." 

Short also defended his former employers ABC and "Scandal" saying, "They did not throw me to the curb like trash - that's my family. They knew that I was going through a tough season and rallied around me and wrapped their arms around me, from Shonda to the craft service man."

The actor, who portrayed Harrison Wright on the hit prime-time show for three seasons, was reportedly fired from the series after continuous domestic violence allegations and legal troubles started to swirl involving Short and wife, Tanee McCall.

Short takes responsibility in the interview for the decision for the show to part ways with him saying, "We're a family and I think at a certain point when you're getting a barrage of stories after stories, ABC justifiably would want to distance themselves ... They did the right thing but I think it takes time to rebuild."

In the interview, Short also admitted to Bush to having an unhealthy relationship with alcohol, saying, "To be honest with you, I struggle with medicating with alcohol I think, and that's a real truth. I think that deserves more looking in to." But denied there was any truth to the domestic abuse rumors, "I'm not a physically violent man.... I've never put my hands on a woman, physically, ever, and would not. I was raised by women."

Check out the video clip of the interview above and let us know if you are going to miss Short when "Scandal" returns in the comments below.
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