*Columbus Short isn’t doing himself any favors as he continues digging a hole for himself legally with flunking a recent drug test.
Page Six reports the actor’s failed drug tests got back to Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Leslie E. Brown on Thursday. As a result, she ordered Short to appear at a hearing May 9 to address the tests.
The former “Scandal” star faces a probation violation related to his felony assault case, which pleaded no contest to in September. From there, Short was sentenced to three years of supervised probation as well as two months of community labor and anger management counseling. His felony assault charge resulted after he delivered a running punch during a fight at a family gathering in March 2014. The blow did extensive damage as it knocked a man unconscious, gave him a concussion and fractured his eye socket.
A probation officer recommended that Short receive drug and alcohol treatment and be ordered to abstain from alcohol.
“For the well being and safety of the defendant and for the safety of the community, a drug and alcohol treatment program would assist the defendant with his substance abuse issues,” the report states.
Although Short has completed anger management counseling, he has yet to complete the community labor terms of his sentence.
Details on Short’s drug use were not found with his attorney Ludlow B. Creary II, who stated no further comment on the topic was necessary in light of him publicly addressing his client’s drug use previously.
Commenting on other matters, Attorney Creary stated that he hopes Short will “complete his probation, and get on with [his] career” and voiced his belief that Short’s legal problems are overblown.
“It’s our belief that Mr. Short is going to continue to make progress,” Creary said.
Short, 33, left “Scandal” after being charged in the assault case and a separate domestic-violence case involving his estranged wife.
The actor was ordered to pay the man he struck, Fenton Hyche III, more than $14,000 in restitution to cover medical bills and lost wages.