*Columbus Short has pleaded not guilty to a felony charge of aggravated battery relating to his March bar brawl in Los Angeles.
The former “Scandal” entered the plea during an arraignment today. He denied knocking out a fellow patron at Gabe’s Bar and Grill while attending an engagement party. The man was reportedly knocked unconscious for a few minutes and required medical attention for a broken nose.
Short had reportedly been in talks to settle the case out of court, but the financial deal fell apart following his exit from the hit political drama last month amid his mounting legal woes, according to TMZ.
The actor, who is currently free on bail, faces up to four years behind bars if convicted.
Meanwhile, Short is also embroiled in a legal battle with his estranged wife, Tanee McCall-Short, who has accused him of threatening her life during a recent argument and attempting to break into their home, from which he has been barred.
She filed to end their eight-year marriage in September.