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Did 'Scandal' star threaten to kill his wife?

  • Wife says 'Scandal' star 'pinned me onto the couch and began to choke me'
  • She has filed for divorce and a temporary restraining order
  • Actor says: 'I must refrain from making any comments'
Did 'Scandal' star threaten to kill his wife?

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The wife of Columbus Short says the "Scandal" actor threatened to kill them both and held a knife to her throat.

At the request of Tuere Short, who has filed for divorce, a Superior Court judge in California issued a temporary restraining order against Columbus Short on Tuesday.

In the Request for Domestic Violence Restraining Order, Tuere Short describes three separate incidents this year in which her husband allegedly abused her. The most recent incident detailed in the report is from April 7.   

In the report, Tuere Short claims that the "Scandal" star came home around 9 that night and appeared drunk. She says he had a bottle of wine with him, which he held in a threatening manner. She says she ran away, but her husband followed her and grabbed a knife from the kitchen. She writes in her request:

“He then pinned me onto the couch and began to choke me. He placed the knife close to my neck and threatened to kill me and then himself. He insisted that we play a game he called ‘Truth or Truth’ and told me if I lied to him he was going to stab me in the leg. He started randomly listing names of people we knew and accused me of having an affair. I denied his accusations each time; after each denial he stabbed the couch next to where I was or stabbed other nearby furniture. He placed the knife next to my throat two more times and again threatened to kill both of us.”

Tuere Short claims that, at this point, her husband noticed she was holding a credit card. The actor allegedly grabbed it from her and went to hide it and that’s when Tuere Short says she got their daughter and drove off.

In a statement obtained Thursday by CNN, Columbus Short said through his rep: "As you all know, lately my personal life has been subjected to a lot of press. As much as I would like to provide my side of events, my counsel has instructed me that a Court of law is the only and proper venue to deal with such matters. Accordingly, I must refrain from making any comments even though that is very difficult for me under the circumstances."

In her request, Tuere Short describes another alleged altercation with her husband that took place on February 18. She says Columbus Short showed up at 6:15 in the morning banging on the front door. When she answered the door, she claims he pushed her and threatened to hurt her. She further claims that he smashed her cell phone and eventually grabbed their daughter from her. When the nanny arrived, Tuere Short says she called police, and when they arrived, they arrested the "Scandal" actor.

The third abuse claim Tuere made in her restraining order request is from February 3. She claims she was sleeping and her husband jumped on her and started choking her. She says the actor chased her around the house threatening her and at one point, dragged her out of a hiding place and threw her to the floor. She says she called police several times, and when they arrived, they interviewed both of them and eventually arrested Columbus Short.

CNN has made several attempts to reach representatives for Columbus Short for comment. There has been no response.

According to the temporary order, Short cannot contact his wife or his 2-year-old daughter in any way and must stay at least 100 yards away from them. A hearing has been scheduled for May 6.

Short is already facing felony battery charges for allegedly punching and knocking someone out at a Los Angeles restaurant in March. 

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