Columbus Short has a new lady in his life who says she doesn't give a damn about his violent past -- and she's not scared because with her ... he's totally submissive.
Columbus's new GF Rashida Russel says they met while he was in Barbados, and the romance continued once they got back to the States (where he was wanted, by the way).
Short is still not divorced from the estranged wife he allegedly threatened to kill -- but his new lady says he's never been abusive, and adds ... "He treats me like a queen!"
He even moved her from NY to ATL where he now lives.
Russell says she's helping to keep Columbus focused while he works on recording music ... by remembering all of his calendar appointments and appearances. Sounds more like an assistant, but hey ... whatever works.
Throwing 'Scandal' Premiere Party
Come Watch Me Die
9/25/2014 9:48 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Columbus Short's got balls -- gotta give him that -- after being publicly AXED from "Scandal" because of his legal troubles -- he's throwing a big party Thursday night to celebrate the show's season premiere.
Short's hosting the bash at an Atlanta club ... where he also plans to debut the single from his self-titled album ... and get this -- the song's called "Gladiator."
Remember ... at the end of last season Short's character, Harrison had a gun pointed to his head and a gunshot was heard. Fade to black.
Then -- a few days later -- Short pretty much wrote his own ending after he was arrested for domestic violence ... and he was 86'd from the show.
We're told ... Columbus and "Scandal" creator Shonda Rhimes are still tight -- even though she fired him -- and he still wants to support the show ... which is why he's hosting the shindig.
Consider it handled.
Hiding in Plain Sight
With Baby & Husband
9/24/2014 6:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Kerry Washington was spotted out in NYC with her new baby, which would have been shocking enough, but then -- a true unicorn! Her husband, Nnamdi Asomugha was also there ... WITH her ... IN PUBLIC!!
Now, if we could just figure out why he was totally incognito. Smells like President Fitz is in the middle of this mystery ... is what every "Scandal" fanatic is thinking.
Rare Appearance with Baby
... And Ex-NFL Star Hubby
9/24/2014 9:13 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Here's something you never see ... Kerry Washington -- out in public -- WITH HER HUSBAND (her real-life husband, not Tony Goldwyn).
Kerry and former NFL superstar Nnamdi Asomugha were spotted leaving the Ritz Carlton hotel in NYC last night -- right after a nanny rushed their baby Isabelle into a waiting SUV.
The couple made sure to keep the baby's face covered -- just as they have since she was born back in April.
So far, one of the few people to reportedly have seen the baby's face is The President (the real-life president, not Tony Goldwyn).
Sorry Judge, But Skipping Court for Barbados
Was The Best!!
9/18/2014 6:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
In the mind of Columbus Short, blowing off a court date in his domestic violence case for a trip to Barbados is "the best thing" he's ever done -- though his bar might be set pretty low.
As TMZ first reported, Short was arrested last month after he royally pissed off the judge in his domestic violence case by skipping a hearing to hang out in the Caribbean instead.
Stupid, right? Not to Columbus -- watch him justify the trip, and brazenly claim he STILL deserves a break in the case.
Is there a word for chutzpah in Barbados?
Columbus Short is a Great Guy
8/25/2014 8:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Columbus Short is the "best man" ... so says his former co-star, Jeff Perry, who plays Cyrus Beene.
It's interesting ... check out how solidly Perry supports Short. It's unclear if he knows Short just pled no contest to spousal battery and has another unresolved domestic violence case as well.
Columbus has also been charged with aggravated battery in connection with a fight at an L.A. sports bar. He was arrested in another bar fight in Dallas over the July 4th weekend.
Columbus also had a warrant out for his arrest ... for blowing off a criminal court hearing in favor of a Barbados vacation. And he got arrested for that warrant and didn't show in another case so a judge issued a second warrant.
Actors are loyal people.
8/21/2014 12:01 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Columbus Short just got a new set of cuffs .... he was arrested and taken into custody in a Van Nuys courtroom.
Short has been a wanted man since last month when he failed to appear in his criminal domestic violence case. Short chose to go to Barbados instead. The judge issued an arrest warrant and set bail at $40K.
That same judge became enraged earlier this week when Short skipped another hearing ... he was still vacationing in Barbados. The judge upped the bail to $500K.
The former "Scandal" star showed up this AM to face the music and was immediately arrested.
Now get this ... Short had another hearing today in a criminal case involving a bar fight, but he didn't show because he was in custody. So the judge in the bar fight case issued a SECOND arrest warrant and set bail at $250K.
He makes bad decisions.
Pisses Off Judge
8/20/2014 1:06 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Columbus Short -- like the Caribbean island where he's hiding -- is a little beach ... so says the judge in his domestic violence case who just annihilated him in court.
Columbus was a no show in court again Wednesday AM -- and the irate judge has clearly lost his patience, upping his arrest warrant from $40K to $500K ... that means when Columbus is eventually arrested he has to post half a mil before he's set free.
Columbus has been a fugitive from justice after blowing off his domestic violence hearing last month in favor of his extended Barbados vacation.
We're told ... the former "Scandal" star is expected to fly back to the U.S. Wednesday to face the music ... and we're told he will be immediately cuffed and jailed.
Judgment day awaits.
To Brutality in L.A. Bar
8/11/2014 12:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Fugitive from justice Columbus Short lied when he claimed the guy he knocked out in an L.A. bar had it coming because he slapped his wife ... fact is, Columbus confessed to the guy IN WRITING.
You'll recall ... Columbus was arrested in March after sucker punching a guy during an engagement party at a West L.A. sports bar. The guy ended up in the hospital with a concussion and broken nose.
Columbus spoke out last month ... claiming he punched the guy in defense of his wife, because the man was taunting the "Scandal" star's wife, slapping her in the face with $20 bills.
But we've obtained a text message Columbus sent to the guy he hit ... sent the very same night of the incident. Columbus wrote, "I know im texting and incriminating myself but I have to own what I did wrong in that situation."
Columbus goes on, "Im so sorry and completely disappointed in myself," adding, "Whether I go to jail or not that will be the worst punishment of all. Losing you guys."
Columbus is a wanted man after an L.A. judge issued an arrest warrant for failing to appear in his domestic violence criminal case last week. He left for Barbados.
Columbus Short Divorce
'Scandal' Made My Cheapskate Husband Rich
8/3/2014 12:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Columbus Short was flush with cash before he got canned from "Scandal" -- banking nearly $65K an episode -- but was a cheapskate when it came to buying jewelry for his wife ... according to his wife.
His soon-to-be-ex, Tanee Short filed new docs in their nasty divorce ... in which she says Columbus earned more than $2.3 million over the last 3.5 years ... the biggest chunk of that from "Scandal" -- which paid him $64,900 per show.
She also claims he raked in an average of 10 grand a pop for nightclub appearances.
Tanee says she's unemployed and lists very limited assets -- some gym equipment and a couple of pieces of jewelry ... a watch and the wedding ring Columbus gave her, worth $3,500.
Tanee was awarded a whopping $17,005 a month in spousal support ... and another $4,595 in child support back in May -- but those numbers could be adjusted, up or down, once the court gets updated financial info.
I'm A Fugitive From Justice
8/1/2014 10:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Columbus Short seems to be making it clear ... he will NOT come back to the U.S. to fight his multiple criminal cases -- and he is thumbing his nose at the United States justice system.
Columbus was in Barbados yesterday when he told the crowd he's packing his bags and moving there for good ... Mind you, there's an active arrest warrant after he failed to show earlier this week in his domestic case.
Columbus has had 4 run-ins with the law in the last 5 months ... and aggressively spoke about his disdain for the people who are accusing him of wrongdoing.
Also, he can not be extradited from Barbados since the crimes against him are all misdemeanors.
Partying in the Caribbean
7/31/2014 10:32 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
This picture may be enough to put Columbus Short behind bars.
Short chose the Caribbean over court Wednesday. He had been ordered to appear before a judge in his domestic violence case but was a no show. The judge issued an arrest warrant.
Lo and behold ... Columbus was living large at a festival called Fantasy Barbados ... a Mardi-Gras-like celebration.
Nation News on the island got what could be the smoking gun for the judge ... surely enough to throw the book at the former "Scandal" star.
Judge Wants Him Cuffed
Arrest Warrant Issued
7/30/2014 12:35 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Columbus Short may not be wanted anymore on "Scandal" ... but he's still a wanted man -- as in there's now a warrant out for his arrest.
Short was ordered to show Wednesday morning in criminal court for a hearing in his domestic violence case. His wife was asking the judge for more protection from the actor, who is mired in legal trouble.
But Columbus wasn't there, so the judge issued a bench warrant.
Here's the interesting twist. The day before he was a no-show in a different criminal case. The judge threatened to issue a warrant and Columbus suddenly appeared.
We asked Columbus Tuesday about his belated court appearance. Check out his reaction.