Ex-'Scandal' actor pleads not guilty to battery

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Columbus Short arrives at the 45th NAACP Image Awards at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, in Pasadena, Calif. (Photo by Arnold Turner/Invision/AP)
Actor Columbus Short poses at the Hollywood Domino & Bovet 1822 Gala benefitting Artists for Peace and Justice on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, in West Hollywood, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
From left, Columbus Short, Katie Lowes, Guillermo Díaz, Darby Stanchfield, Kerry Washington, Joe Morton, and Tony Goldwyn accept the award for outstanding drama series for "Scandal" at the 45th NAACP Image Awards at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, in Pasadena, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)
Actor Columbus Short attends the Disney/ABC Winter 2014 TCA All Star Reception on Friday, Jan. 17, 2014 in Pasadena, Calif. (Photo by Paul A. Hebert/Invision/AP)
FILE - This Nov. 7, 2013 file photo shows Columbus Short at the Ermenegildo Zegna Boutique opening in Beverly Hills, Calif. Former “Scandal” star Columbus Short has pleaded not guilty to seriously injuring a man during an altercation at a restaurant earlier this year.The actor appeared in a Los Angeles courtroom on Thursday, May 15, 2014, for his arraignment on a felony battery charge. Short has been charged with felony battery that resulted in a serious during the fight at a West Hollywood bar in March. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 15: Columbus Keith Short (L) appears with his lawyer Jeff Jacquet at Los Angeles Superior Court on May 15, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Buchan/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 15: Columbus Keith Short (L) appears with his lawyer Jeff Jacquet at Los Angeles Superior Court on May 15, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Buchan/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 15: Columbus Keith Short appears at Los Angeles Superior Court on May 15, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Buchan/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 15: Columbus Keith Short (L) appears with his lawyer Jeff Jacquet at Los Angeles Superior Court on May 15, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Buchan/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 15: Columbus Keith Short appears at Los Angeles Superior Court on May 15, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Buchan/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 15: Columbus Keith Short appears at Los Angeles Superior Court on May 15, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Buchan/Getty Images)
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LOS ANGELES (AP) - Former "Scandal" star Columbus Short has pleaded not guilty to felony battery for a fight that seriously injured a man at a West Hollywood restaurant earlier this year.

The actor appeared in a Los Angeles courtroom on Thursday for his arraignment on the charge.

The case is one of several involving Short and allegations of violence. He faces a misdemeanor spousal battery case and his estranged wife has a temporary restraining order against him.

The actor's attorney Jeff Jacquet has said Short will contest the restraining order and it will require a lengthy evidentiary hearing.

Short announced last month that he wasn't returning to the hit series "Scandal" for its fourth season.

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