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'Scandal' star Columbus Short reportedly being investigated for criminal battery

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Columbus Short is seen as Harrison on ABC's hit show "Scandal." (© 2014 ABC)

"Scandal" star Columbus Short could really use a professional fixer. 

The actor has reportedly found himself in the type of sticky situation his fictional boss Olivia Pope would likely rectify in a jiffy, but unfortunately he is on his own with this one. 

TMZ reports that the 31-year-old star is in trouble with the law because of his involvement in a bar brawl that sent one man to the hospital.

According to the site, Short was at a bar in Los Angeles on March 15 for an engagement party when another patron provoked him and the two began to fight. 

A witness told TMZ Short "came up from behind and sucker punched the guy," leaving him unconscious for several minutes with a broken nose. 

Law enforcement sources told the site criminal battery is being investigated. 

A rep for Short did not return FOX411's request for comment. 

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