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.

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 (14).

She claims he was intoxicated as he allegedly threatened her with a knife, pinned her down on a couch and began to choke her.

Short was due to face the accusations in court on Wednesday morning (30Jul14), but he was a no show, so the judge overseeing the case approved a bench warrant for his arrest, according to Tmz.com.

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

She filed to end their eight-year marriage last September (13).

News of his court absence emerges just a day after Short narrowly avoided becoming a wanted man in a separate criminal case on Tuesday (29Jul14) 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 (14).