Columbus Short Gets Bench Warrant After Skipping Court in Brawl Case
Short's lawyer says he missed a court appearance because he was bumped from a flight
Actor Columbus Short is in trouble with the law again.
The Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office confirms to PEOPLE that a bench warrant was issued for the former Scandal star on Monday after he failed to show up for a mandatory court hearing for felony battery charges stemming from a restaurant fight in March.
“He either shows up in court or he’s arrested,” a D.A. spokesperson says.
According to [LINK” “” “” “0” ], Short faces up to four years in prison if convicted. Short, who pleaded not guilty during a May arraignment, is accused of knocking a man unconscious and fracturing his left eye socket in the fracas.
Short’s lawyer, Michael Levin, tells PEOPLE that the actor missed the court appearance because he was bumped from a flight in Atlanta and that the no-show was “due to circumstances beyond his control.”
“I explained it to the court and the court nonetheless issued the bench warrant for his arrest and raised the bail,” Levin says. “He will be surrendering to the court at his earliest opportunity, and hopefully we’ll get the matter corrected.”
A new court date has yet to be set.