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Columbus Short Released From Jail After Serving 6 Days of a 30-Day Sentence: I Never Want to Go Back to That Place

by Jackie Willis 12:16 PM PDT, June 09, 2016
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After six days behind bars, actor Columbus Short was released late Thursday morning, ET can confirm. 

The former Scandal star violated his probation terms that were a result of a former assault case, and was originally sentenced to 30 days in jail and six months at an in-patient drug rehab program after his drug test results showed that he was using marijuana. Prior to this, Short was participating in the Pasadena Recovery Center Outpatient Treatment program but missed a week due to the death of his stepsister, his lawyers claim. He will resume his treatment there.

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"I'm feeling grateful for the learning lesson and I’m fully accountable for my mistakes," Short told ET. "I'm ready to get to work and never go back to that place. God is good."

Short's  progress report hearing has been scheduled for June 28.

The past few years have been tough for the 33-year-old actor. In 2014, after a number of legal incidents and claims of domestic violence leveled against him by his ex-wife, Tanee McCall, Scandal let Short go from the series. Later, he admitted that his struggles with substance abuse and addiction led to his highly publicized run-ins with the law.

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Then in March, Short told ET that he was splitting from his current wife, author Karrine Steffans, after she claimed on social media that he was cheating on her. "I didn't cheat or anything of the sort," he said at the time. "I didn't agree with some things she is putting in her new book, and she basically told me to leave and she was done. So I left."

Short added, "I just want to move on with my life and get back to work. I don't have time nor do I care for any of this."

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