Columbus Short reportedly broke a man's nose and left him temporarily unconscious after a fight outside a Los Angeles bar

By Patrick Gomez
March 25, 2014 07:00 PM
Jason Merritt/Getty

Scandal star Columbus Short may need the help of a real-life Olivia Pope after reportedly knocking a man unconscious during a bar fight on March 15.

“[The fight] happened in the parking lot, but none of the employees saw what happened,” says the owner of Gabe’s Bar and Grill in Los Angeles, where police confirm to PEOPLE they are investigating a battery.

Short – who plays gladiator Harrison Wright on the hit ABC drama – was attending an engagement party at Gabe’s when he punched a bar patron, breaking the man’s nose and rendering him temporarily unconscious, an eyewitness tells TMZ.

The eyewitness claims the bar patron had been insulting Short, 31, about his wife Tuere Tanee Short, who filed for divorce from the actor in September 2013, according to RadarOnline.

This would not be the first time Short has been involved in a physical altercation. A man reportedly lost several teeth after being punched by Short at an L.A. Fitness basketball court in March 2010.