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*Columbus Short is finally speaking out about the multiple issues that have kept him in the headlines over the past six months.

The actor’s arrest for public intoxication over the holiday weekend was just the latest in a series of stumbles for the former “Scandal” star. In a new interview with “Access Hollywood,” Short opened up for the first time about his drinking problem and being fired from “Scandal” after several run-ins with the law.

“The last three months have been probably the most trying times of my life,” he told host Billy Bush. “[But Scandal] did not throw me to the curb like trash. That’s my family. They knew that I was going through a tough season and rallied around me and wrapped their arms around me, from Shonda to the craft service man.”

Short continued: “We’re a family and I think at a certain point when you’re getting a barrage of stories after stories, ABC justifiably would want to distance themselves…. They did the right thing, but I think it takes time to rebuild.”

As for his drinking, Short admitted he struggles, but doesn’t offer any excuses for his recent behavior.

“To be honest with you, I struggle with medicating with alcohol I think, and that’s a real truth,” he said. “If I want to be truthfully honest, I think dealing with the stress of the situations that I’ve been going through, medicating with anything, I think is dangerous because it becomes a crutch. But it doesn’t change it, the situation. That’s the funny part: I’m in a season where that’s not a part of my life— alcohol, drugs, those kinds of things aren’t around me, aren’t in my life, so it was an unfortunate event that happened [on July 4]. Still yet, I think in the past that was definitely a struggle for me.”

Short’s wife Tuere Tanee Short filed for divorce in April and currently has a restraining order against him.