Columbus Short, a lead actor on the television series Scandal, was arrested on Wednesday, charged with seriously injuring a man during an altercation at a restaurant this month.
Short was arrested by police in Claremont, Los Angeles County. The warrant alleges the actor committed a battery that caused serious bodily harm.
According to Los Angeles police and prosecutors, Short was involved in a dispute with a man at a West Los Angeles restaurant on March 15 before the actor allegedly hit the man and knocked him out.
Further details about the altercation were not released.
Short, 31, plays lawyer Harrison Wright on Scandal, which airs in Australia on the Seven Network. Records show he was released on Wednesday after posting $US50,000 ($A54,368.51) bail.
If convicted, Short faces up to four years in state prison. A date for his initial court appearance has not yet been set.
A phone number for Jeff Jacquet, Short’s lawyer in another criminal case, had a full voicemail box, and a message sent via fax was not immediately returned.
Short was charged on Februry 14 with misdemeanour spousal battery and has pleaded not guilty in that case.
In a March 5 court hearing the actor was ordered to stay away from his wife, Tuere Short. Records show Mrs Short filed for divorce last year but dismissed her petition earlier this year.
Columbus Short, who also starred in the 2007 film Stomp The Yard, was charged with felony battery in June 2010 and pleaded no contest to the reduced charge of disturbing the peace in February 2011.
He was placed on three years of informal probation and not to threaten or use violence on anyone. Court records show he paid his fines and resolved the case without issue.