Columbus Short, left, in the third season of ABC's Scandal.
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April 25, 2014 6:50 PM EDT

Columbus Short said Friday that he won’t be returning to ABC’s Scandal next year after starring in the show’s first three seasons.

Short’s character, Harrison Wright, ended last season held at gunpoint, with his fate left unknown.

Outside the show, the actor has faced problems with the law. He was arrested last month in Los Angeles on felony charges for alleging hitting another man, and in February he was charged with misdemeanor spousal battery, to which he pled not guilty.

His full statement Friday, via Deadline:


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