Columbus Short Arrested by Bounty Hunters Before Musical Performance

E! News learns the actor was booked on a citizen's arrest and is being held on $250,000 bail

By Bruna Nessif Aug 20, 2015 1:48 AMTags
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Columbus Short got an unpleasant surprise before hitting the stage last night.

The Scandal actor was slated to perform his new music at Infusion Lounge at Universal City Walk in Los Angeles Tuesday, but never ended up doing the performance, because he was greeted with an arrest before even getting on the mike.

E! News confirms with the celeb's camp that Short was arrested by bounty hunters and booked for a citizen's arrest at around 12:30 a.m. 

"His arrest was not due to an outstanding warrant as was erroneously reported," Short's team tells E! News in a statement.

"It appears that this is a citizens arrest as a result of an issue between Mr. Short and his bail bondsman. The report bail amount of $500,000 is also inaccurate. No additional information is available at this time."

E! News learns the 32-year-old is currently being housed in Men's Central jail on $250,000 bail, and has a court date for tomorrow morning at 8:30 a.m.

Short has been riddled with legal woes in the past year. A bench warrant was issued against the actor in October 2014 after he failed to show up for a mandatory court hearing for felony battery charges.

He originally pleaded not guilty during an arraignment back in May 2014 to charges that he punched a man and left him unconscious with a fractured left eye socket.

Short was subsequently let go from his hit show amid the arrest and other allegations of spousal abuse.

Short's second wife obtained a temporary restraining order against her estranged husband earlier last year shortly after filing for divorce.

In the court documents, she alleged that he had yelled at her abusively, spilled wine on her and held a knife close to her throat during an argument in which he threatened to kill her and himself.

He was also arrested in Texas in July 2014 for public intoxication.

—Reporting by Baker Machado