Former "Scandal" actor Columbus Short pleaded no contest Thursday on a misdemeanor domestic violence charge stemming from a February arrest, earning himself a choice between 45 days in jail or 30 days of community labor, according to the Los Angeles city attorney's office.
Short chose the labor.
He also faces 36 months of probation, a year's worth of once-a-week domestic violence classes and 22 Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, said Rob Wilcox, a spokesman for the city attorney's office.
In addition to abiding by an order of protection granted to estranged wife Tanee McCall-Short, the actor can't own a gun for a decade, Wilcox said.
Short had missed two previous court dates; he was arrested when he appeared Thursday in Van Nuys.
In April, the actress filed for divorce and was granted a temporary restraining order. McCall-Short alleged that while he was drunk, her husband had put a knife to her throat and threatened to kill her and himself, court documents said.
Short was required to move out of their Calabasas home.