Scandal's Columbus Short Served Divorce Papers & Restraining Order by Wife That Allege He Threatened to Kill Her

"He placed the knife close to my neck and threatened to kill me and then kill himself," Tuere Tanee said in court documents

By Claudia Rosenbaum, Bruna Nessif Apr 17, 2014 12:43 AMTags
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Scandal star Columbus Short's wife Tuere Tanee filed for divorce in Los Angeles Superior Court today, citing irreconcilable differences as the breakdown of their marriage, according to court documents obtained by E! News. She asked that the court award her both physical and legal custody of their 2-year-old daughter Ayala.

The couple married in July 2005 and separated on Monday, April 7.

A judge also granted Tanee's request for a temporary restraining order against the actor. A hearing will be held on May 6 whether the order should be made permanent.

In the documents, Tuere alleges a recent incident of abuse between her and Columbus.

The documents allege that on April 7, Short walked into her room appearing intoxicated, grabbed her phone out of her hands and started yelling at her abusively. The documents also allege that the star lunged at her a few times and "acted as if he was about to hit me with the bottle."

In the filing, Tanee stated she tried to get away, but he cornered her and dumped his wine on her. The documents also state that he then continued to "berate her abusively" and ran into the kitchen and got a knife, adding that he then pinned her on the couch and began to choke her. "He placed the knife close to my neck and threatened to kill me and then kill himself," she stated in the papers.

In the documents, Short's estranged wife claims that he insisted they play a game called "Truth or Truth" and that if she lied, he would threaten to stab her in the leg. Per the papers, he accused her of having an affair.

In the filing, Tanee claims Columbus stabbed the couch next to her. The documents state that she claimed she was able to get away from him and drive away, but didn't get far because one of her tires appeared to be slashed.