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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Columbus Short won't be returning to "Scandal" following his legal troubles.
The 31-year-old actor said in a statement released Friday that he's exiting the ABC political thriller after three seasons.
"At this time, I must confirm my exit from a show I've called home for three years, with what is the most talented ensemble on television today," Short said. "I would like to first thank Shonda Rhimes for the opportunity to work with such an amazing cast."
The announcement of Short's exit from the series created by Rhimes comes amid two pending criminal cases, one accusing him of misdemeanor spousal battery and another accusing him of felony battery that seriously injured a man during an altercation at a West Hollywood restaurant in March.
If convicted, Short faces up to four years in state prison.
Short was charged Feb. 14 with misdemeanor spousal battery and has pleaded not guilty in that case. A judge ordered him to stay away from his wife, Tuere Short, at a March 5 court hearing. The case is due back in court on May 13.
In that instance, Short's wife reported that the actor began choking her while she was sleeping, chased her around their home, dragged her from a room and threw her on the ground, according to an application for a temporary restraining order that she filed.