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Columbus Short

Bar Fight

Arrested for Being Wasted

7/5/2014 8:36 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0705-columbus-short-Katy-Trail-tmz-01Columbus Short celebrated July 4th by getting in trouble with the law for the 4th time in 4 months.

Short was at the Katy Trail Ice House -- a popular bar in Dallas -- for around 4 hours and was drinking a lot.  An eyewitness says Columbus got up and it looked like he was leaving without paying the tab.  A security guard started talking to him and Columbus started screaming.

We're told Columbus accused the guard of racism, but the guard fired back, he was also black.  A scuffle between the 2 ensued.

We're told several off duty Dallas cops -- who work at the bar on weekends -- broke up the fight but the fired "Scandal" star was still hotter than fish grease.

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We're told Columbus started screaming at the cops and tried attacking them.  As one source at the bar put it, "He was like a dog with a bone who wouldn't let it go." 

The cops then did what cops do -- they arrested Short, but not for assault ... for public intoxication.

Short was taken to jail.

It's not his first bar fight.  TMZ broke the story Short was arrested over a bar fight earlier this year, when he cold-cocked a guy and knocked him out.  He's also been arrested twice for domestic violence.

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