Actor Columbus Short attends the 45th NAACP Image Awards presented by TV One at Pasadena Civic Auditorium on February 22, 2014 in Pasadena, California

Actor Columbus Short attends the 45th NAACP Image Awards presented by TV One at Pasadena Civic Auditorium on February 22, 2014 in Pasadena, California

*Columbus Short could use the expertise of his “Scandal” boss Olivia Pope and his fellow gladiators after getting into a bar fight in Los Angeles that left a man hospitalized, reports TMZ.

The actor was at Gabe’s Bar and Grill in L.A. on March 15 at around 10:45 p.m. celebrating a couple’s engagement when he started arguing at the bar with another partygoer.

According to TMZ, the other guy made a comment along the lines of, “You might be richer than me but I get my girls to buy me everything I want including your wife.”

An eyewitness tells TMZ Columbus then came up from behind and sucker punched the guy. The eyewitness says the man’s nose was broken and he was rendered unconscious for several minutes. Columbus quickly left the bar,” witnesses said.

An ambulance came and took the 37-year-old man to a nearby hospital.

Police are now investigating a criminal battery.

It’s not the first time Columbus used his fists to make a point. In March, 2010 … Columbus was playing basketball at an L.A. Fitness gym when he got into an argument with another player and socked the guy in the face, knocking several teeth out.