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By Wenn

A Los Angeles judge has issued a warrant for Columbus Short's arrest after the embattled actor skipped a hearing in his domestic violence case.

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The former "Scandal" star stands accused of attacking his estranged wife, Tanee McCall-Short, during a heated altercation at their home in California in April. She claims he was intoxicated as he allegedly threatened her with a knife, pinned her down on a couch and began to choke her.

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Short was due to face the accusations in court on Wednesday morning, but he was a no show, so the judge overseeing the case approved a bench warrant for his arrest, according to

McCall-Short, who was previously granted a restraining order against her ex, is requesting further protection from the 31 year old.

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She filed to end their eight-year marriage last September.

News of his court absence emerges just a day after Short narrowly avoided becoming a wanted man in a separate criminal case on Tuesday after turning up late for another hearing. It is not yet known which case Tuesday's court visit was for, but he also faces a felony charge of aggravated battery relating to a bloody bar brawl in Los Angeles in March.