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'Scandal' Star Columbus Short

In Bar Fight

Cops Investigating

3/25/2014 9:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Columbus Short
-- who plays gladiator Harrison Wright on "Scandal" -- was involved in a bar fight in which the other guy ended up in the hospital and cops are now conducting a criminal investigation.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... Short was at Gabe's Bar and Grill in L.A. on March 15 at around 10:45 PM celebrating a couple's engagement ... when he started arguing at the bar with another partygoer.

We're told the other guy pissed Short off by making a comment along the lines of, "You might be richer than me but I get my girls to buy me everything I want including your wife."

An eyewitness tells TMZ Columbus then came up from behind and sucker punched the guy.  The eyewitness says the man's nose was broken and he was rendered unconscious for several minutes. 
We're told Columbus quickly left the bar.

An ambulance came and took the 37-year-old man to a nearby hospital.

Cops are now investigating a criminal battery.

It's not the first time Columbus used his fists to make a point.  In March, 2010 ... Columbus was playing basketball at an L.A. Fitness gym when he got into an argument with another player and socked the guy in the face, knocking several teeth out.

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We reached out to Columbus ... so far no comment.

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46.

Dead@27    

Why do I have to go down to the 4th story before I get a non-Negro in the headline?

178 days ago
47.

Mr Barcliff    

PEOPLE HAVE TO STOP THINKING JUST BECAUSE MEN ARE ON TV THAT THERE NOT GOING TO DEFEND THEMSELVES. DUDES THINK JUST BECAUSE A STAR IS ON TV AND NOT PLAYING A GANGSTER HE IS WEAK OR LAID BACK OR NOT AGGRESSIVE LIKE HIS CHARACTER ON TV OR THE MOVIES. TO COLUMBUS I'LL SAY THIS THOUGH DESPITE THE FACT HES PROBABLY TIRED OF MEN DISRESPECTING HIM, YOU HAVE TO WALK AWAY. I KNOW AS A MAN ITS NOT THAT EASY BUT, YOU HAVE PEOPLE TO TAKE CARE OF, MAINLY YOU. THE BEST DECISION NOW FOR YOU COLUMBUS MOVING FORWARD IF YPU GET OUT OF THIS SITUATION AND EVEN IF YOU GET DISCIPLINED BY THE COURTS/SYSTEM IS TO WALK WAY. MANHOOD ISNT JUST ABOUT STANDING UP FOR YOURSELF BECAUSE OF PRIDE, ITS ALSO ABOUT BEING MAN ENOUGH TO WALK AWAY FOR A GREATER GOOD!!! YOU HAVE TO MUCH TO LOSE AND YOUR NOT A FIGHTER, YOU GET PAID TO ACT. MEN DO THIS BECAUSE THERE JEALOUS, NOT BECAUSE YOU ARENT TALENTED COLUMBUS, YOU ARE TALENTED AND THERE JEALOUS. THE WISE MAN USES HIS MIND TO FIGHT WARS. THE FOOL ALWAYS USES COMBAT! YOUR WISE, ACT LIKE IT. SINCERELY, A FAN OF ALL SUCCESSFUL PEOPLE IN ALL WALKS OF LIFE, LGNM(LOVE.GOD.NOT.MONEY)

178 days ago
48.

Teresa andrews    

How did he break the guy's nose if he hit him from behind?

178 days ago
49.

Weed smoking war vet    

That's how gladiators do it!!!

178 days ago
50.

fandinomia    

Too little to go on, to judge.. I'm sure the "you know who iam?" card was pulled and pissed the other guy off.. but idk. Short was in the wrong if he punched the guy without confronting him to fight. Total pu**y move. Anyone who sucker punches might as well pull hair while their at it. Drunk morons.

178 days ago
51.

Julie    

Is this the same guy that used to be Britney's backup dancer along with Kevin?

178 days ago
52.

barbowens55    

Oh well say stupid shot and get popped in the face ouch.

178 days ago
53.

The Zombie    

How do you hit a guy in the nose so hard it knocks him out... from behind???

178 days ago
54.

mark    

Why are you not doing a real investigation into why and how BRAVO is protecting these criminals they hired like Teresa Guidice nhe others who are breaking the law!!!???????????????????????????????????????????????

178 days ago
55.

Barbarascy    

Talk sh*t you might get hit.

178 days ago
56.

Hagler    

Looks like he got his ass whipped!!!

178 days ago
57.

Kelly Rollins    

Short is a chicken & a dueche bag for Sucker Punching the other guy...he couldn't be a man about it and confront the guy face to face! He knew the other guy would kick his a** if it was a fair fight! After all, you can't defend what you don't see coming...

178 days ago
58.

mark    

why are you not finding out WHY and how BRAVO is protecting these criminals they are hiring like Teresa Guidice!??

178 days ago
59.

F'U    

I tell you, there's nothing like a good ole bar fight,too bad there's so many punk ass ******* out here now.who'd rather shoot instead using their hands...O well you can't have everything your way.

178 days ago
60.

mark    

how do you sucker punch someone and break their nose? is that not the thing in the middle of the eye area?

178 days ago
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