Columbus Short, who left the cast of Scandal at the end of this season, pleaded not guilty to felony battery in L.A. on Wednesday for a fight that seriously injured another man at a West Hollywood bar and grill earlier this year. Short appeared at an arraignment hearing as his lawyer sought to fast-track the case, but a judge ruled that based on the severity of the man's injuries--including a fractured eye socket--the case wasn't eligible for a so-called early disposition program. Short was ordered to return to court on June 5 to set a date for the preliminary hearing.

 

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