Columbus Short Spills His Own Tea
By: Amanda Anderson-Niles
It was reported that former “Scandal” star Columbus Short was handed the pink slip because of his constant legal troubles and his very public falling out with his estranged wife.
The domestic abuse accusations seemingly burned the bridge with the show’s creator Shonda Rhimes, but Columbus is now claiming the real reason for his troubles was drug addiction.
He tells Access Hollywood Live:
“I’ll be candid. I was struggling with drugs. I had a lot on my plate, and you know, I was using unhealthy ways to kind of self-medicate and deal with a lot of heavy duty stuff in my life.
“The real drugs – I did cocaine. I was doing cocaine and drinking a lot, and trying to balance a 16-hour work schedule a day, and a family, and, I just lost myself back then.”
Columbus also revealed that Shonda Rhimes knew about his addiction and it’s one of the reasons she thought it would be best to write him off the show so he could handle his personal issues off-screen.