Former Scandal actor Columbus Short will be facing a judge in a case of felony battery for punching a man.
Superior Court Commissioner Mark Zuckman ruled Tuesday that prosecutors had shown enough evidence to support the charge, but expressed doubts about the credibility of some of the testimony from the man Short attacked.
Short struck Fenton Hyche III in the parking lot of a Los Angeles bar on March 15. Hyche suffered a concussion and fractured eye socket after arguing with Short at a family gathering at the bar.
“He jumped up and hit him,” Hyche’s cousin Jacqueline Cheng testified, breaking down in tears as she described the blow. Hyche briefly stopped breathing after hitting his head on the pavement, she said. “I thought he was dead.”
Zuckman said Hyche’s testimony about the argument was “less than credible,” but said it didn’t change the fact that Short punched a man who was standing down and was apparently focused on his father.