'Scandal' Star String of Arrests Involving VIOLENCE

3/26/2014 2:00 PM PDT

'Scandal' Star Columbus Short -- String of Arrests involving VIOLENCE


"Scandal" star Columbus Short has been arrested MULTIPLE TIMES for VIOLENT behavior ... involving women, kids, basketball opponents and random bar people.

1.  Short was arrested for physically attacking his wife in front of his children. The incident occurred back in February at his Woodland Hills home at around 2 AM.  According to legal docs, Short and his wife started arguing and it got physical.  Short's kids -- a 2-year-old and 10-year-old -- were watching.  He's been charged with spousal battery. Prosecutors also charged him with child abuse because of the emotional trauma the kids suffered by watching.  Short pled not guilty on Tuesday.

2.  Short was arrested 2 weeks later in Chatsworth, CA.  According to the police report, Short and his wife got into a heated argument and he allegedly pushed her. 

3.  And less than a month later -- on March 15 -- Short was involved in a bar fight.  TMZ broke the story ... Short allegedly cold-cocked a man at an engagement party, breaking his nose and rendering him unconscious.  As we just reported ... there is now a warrant out for his arrest in connection with this incident.

4. But there's more.  We found out Short was prosecuted for a brutal attack on an L.A. basketball court in 2010.  He sucker punched a player, bashing his teeth in and cutting him badly.  Short pled no contest to disturbing the peace.  He had been charged with aggravated battery but that was dismissed.

Part of the sentence in the basketball case was 3 years probation, which he may have violated by attacking his wife in February.