'The Fixer' star charged with felony battery

Columbus Short, best known for his role as Harrison Wright, was arrested on Wednesday.

Columbus Short. Picture: AFP.

LOS ANGELES - Actor Columbus Short, best known for his role as Harrison Wright on ABC's hit drama series Scandal (known as _The Fixer _in South Africa), was arrested on Wednesday on a felony battery charge, the Los Angeles County District Attorney said.

Short, 31, was involved in a 15 March incident where he was alleged to have punched and knocked out a male guest at a restaurant in West Los Angeles, the District Attorney's office said in a statement.

The actor was booked and released from Claremont Police Department in eastern Los Angeles County after posting $50,000 bail. The actor is due in court at a later date, and if convicted, he faces up to four years in state prison.

Short has a supporting role in ABC's Scandal alongside lead actress Kerry Washington, playing a member of Olivia Pope's covert crisis management team operating in the murky political world of Washington DC.

ABC, owned by the Walt Disney Co, declined to comment on the incident. Representatives for the actor did not immediately respond to requests for comment.