Columbus Short Opens Up On His Personal Struggles

Columbus Short Opens Up On His Personal Struggles

To say the first half of 2014 has been a rough one for Columbus Short would be an understatement. He was charged with misdemeanor spousal battery in February, aggravated assault in March, lost his job on “Scandal” and was recently arrested for public intoxication. Now, Columbus sits down with Access’ Billy Bush in an exclusive new interview to discuss his personal struggles.

innocence for Oscar Pistorius? Next. To be young, gifted and black. That is the last we saw of Columbus short on scandal. The first half of 2014 has been a rough one for Columbus. That would be the understatement of a year. He was charged with misdemeanor spousal battery, aggravated assault in March, lost his job. Got hit with a million dollars lawsuit. This past weekend he was arrested for public intoxication. This is the first time he's talking about it. Columbus, the thank you for joining me. Are all of these misunderstands? What's going on here? Yeah, yeah. I think there's a time your personal life gets magnified by who we are as celebrities. Both of those two cases you were speaking of earlier were dropped. Over the past weekend, fourth of July, Friday night, you're drinking and having fun at the Katie trail ice bar in Dallas, a popular spot. The report is that you got up to leave and didn't pay your tab. One of the security guards or bouncers came to address you. From there things jusescalated and got ugly. I was involved in no fight. I was with a group of people eating. I went to the bath room. When I came back there was an altercation pursuing. I guess the cops thought I was involved. They grabbed me up. By the time I was on the ground I said some pretty choice words. Another incident that involved physicality in a bar was in March when according to this guy hitch iii, he says in the million dollars lawsuit which he filed a few days ago he accused you of cowardly sucker punching him what happened? There comes a time you have to exercise patience I believe. Sometimes you get yourself in situations where you don't realize that people are actually testing you. People are provoking you. When it's involving your wife -- my estranged wife and who I loved dearly and wanted to protect, Yo're going to do what you need to. Was she with you? She was with me. The end result was unfortunate. Was he talking about your lady? To be straight to the point Billy, I have not been perfect. I have not been all the things that's been in the press. It's not the isolated incident. There's bn a bunch of then. What do you think is going on here? I will take ownership. Me and my wife are going through serious, serious problems. However, the domestic part of it, I'm not a physically violent man. Columbus' estranged wife filed for divorce in April. She alleges he pinned her to the house. She said he wanted to play a game called truth to truth where he stabbed her if she lied. I've never put a hand on a woman physically. The divorce is going forward. There's a restraining order in effect. What is also in effect a reported $21,000 per month judgment in spousal and child support. He's a waiting a court date to a test. You have a 2-year-old together. Have you seen her recently? She's great. She's doing great. She's beautiful. My kids are great. You know I love my kids Billy. So that's tough for the kids. Tomorrow on access Hollywood,