Criminal Minds? Thomas Gibson mulls a lawsuit against the producers of the show after being fired prior to his August 12 termination. Gibson reportedly kicked writer/producer Virgil Williams in the leg during an altercation on the show?s set in Los Angeles. The incident which happened more than two weeks ago caused ABC Studios and CBS Television Studios to axe Gibson.
Gibson, who was part of Criminal Minds for 12 years, is currently working with Los Angeles-based litigators Skip Miller and Sasha Frid to know if it would be in his best interest to pursue legal claims.
Based on reports, the heated dispute between Gibson and Williams started with creative differences. Williams supposedly filed a complaint with human resources. The decision was to suspend him for two episodes at first and another director was brought in to take over the episode he was helming. But one day after news about his suspension came out, Gibson was fired.
According to a statement from CBS and the studios released on Friday, creative details of how the character?s departure will be addressed in the show will be revealed at a later date. Gibson plays the role of FBI special agent Aaron Hotchner. The producers also confirmed that the actor has been dismissed from the series.
Gibson also addressed his heart-breaking exit via a statement. He said he loves Criminal Minds and he had put his heart and soul into the show. He also admitted that he hoped to see it through until its end. Unfortunately, Gibson said that is not possible anymore.
Gibson thanked the writers, producers, actors and crew. Most importantly, he expressed his gratitude to the fans any show would hope to have.
Meanwhile, the show must go on with the remaining casts of Criminal Minds. These include Joe Mantegna, Matthew Gray Gubler, AJ Cook, Kirsten Vangsness, Aisha Tyler and Adam Rodriguez.