Columbus Short is finally coming clean about what led to his shocking behavior that included multiple arrests and an alleged attack on his ex-wife.
The former "Scandal" star said he was struggling with drug abuse during a recent interview with "Access Hollywood."
“I’ll be candid. I was struggling with drugs,” he said.
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“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 actor admitted to using cocaine to help him “balance a 16-hour work schedule a day, and a family, and, I just lost myself back then.”
He also revealed that Shonda Rhimes and his "Scandal" co-stars were aware of his problems.
“They protected me and they held me down. And that was one of the real reasons … they just wanted me to get my stuff together,” he said.
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“Sometimes the bottom has to be dropped out for you to really get it. So I moved to Atlanta. I’ve been living there for the last five months, five-and-a-half months, and it’s just been great. It’s been life-changing.”
The troubled actor is still holding out hope that he could return to the hit ABC show.
“I’m really ready to get back to work,” he said.
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“As far as Shonda’s shows, I would love nothing more to go back to 'Scandal.' It’s my family.”