updated 07/08/2014 AT 9:00 AM ET
•originally published 07/08/2014 AT 12:25 PM ET
“There’s something visceral that happened inside of me, and yeah, I’ll say it, even as a black man in handcuffs on the ground, for no justifiable reason at all,” the former Scandal star told Access Hollywood’s Billy Bush on Monday. “I wasn’t acting intoxicated. I had had a couple of drinks, but whatever, I was angry, and I used my vocabulary to kind of fight that.”
Short was booked after allegedly fighting with security at a local bar called Katy Trail Ice House, an employee told PEOPLE.
“To be honest with you, I struggle with medicating with alcohol, I think, and that’s a real truth,” he added. “I think that deserves more looking into. If I want to be truthfully honest, I think dealing with the stress of the situations that I’ve been going through, medicating with anything, I think, is dangerous because it becomes a crutch.
“But it doesn’t change it, the situation,” he explained. “That’s the funny part – I’m in a season where that’s not a part of my life – alcohol, drugs, those kinds of things aren’t around me, aren’t in my life, so it was an unfortunate event that happened the other night.”