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STRUGGLING ACTORS? Columbus Short Says NO Settlement Deal With Brawl Victim, Pleads Poverty + Mekhi Phifer FILES For Bankruptcy

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Columbus Short and Mekhi Phifer are two acting (semi) vets who've rejoined the ranks of the "struggling actors" of Hollywood.  Get the deets on their financial straits inside....

Columbus Short has experienced a financial downfall since his firing from ABC's "Scandal" (or so he says).  You'll recall that he was involved in a brutal club brawl a short while ago, but the victim decided he wouldn't press charges.  That decision was based on the assumption that he'd received an out-of-court settlement from Columbus.  But this was before Columbus knew he'd been collecting unemployment.

Now Columbus says he can't afford to pay for the victim's expenses and he's pleading a case of poverty.

The victim's lawyer told TMZ that Columbus should expect a lawsuit to be filed as early as Friday to cover several hundred thousand dollars in medical expenses (including surgery to repair facial fractures)...and something for his pain and suffering.

The legal team for Columbus had no comment.

SMH....

 

In other entertainment news...

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Although Mekhi Phifer returned to the spotlight with a recurring role on Showtime's "House Of Lies" last season, it seems that his finances have taken a dive.  TMZ reports that Mekhi filed for full blown bankruptcy last month, claiming $67,000 in assets and $1.3 Mil in debt.  Sheesh.

In his expense report, he claimed to make $7.5K a month while his monthly expenses exceeded $11K. He also owes $1.2 mil in back taxes, $50K in lawyers bills and $4,500 in back child support.  But he counts a sweet leather couch and a 12-year-old Segway amongst his assets.

Hmm....we wonder if Mekhi's new wife Reshelet Barnes knew what she was signing up for when she got hitched last year?  For richer or poorer.....

 

 

Photos via Getty Images/Mekhi Phifer's Instagram

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