Following his termination on Friday, former “Criminal Minds” actor Thomas Gibson has reportedly hired a top Los Angeles law firm to pursue possible legal claims against the show’s producers.
54-year-old Gibson was let go from the CBS procedural after allegedly kicking writer-producer Virgil Williams in the shins during an on-set argument several weeks ago. Prominent litigator Skip Miller confirmed to THR that Gibson is a client and they are evaluating whether to pursue legal claims.
More details have also emerged about the inciting incident. At the time Gibson was directing an episode written by Virgil and is said to have disagreed with Virgil about a creative choice – the argument escalating into a physical fight.
After the altercation, which was witnessed by several producers, Williams filed a formal complaint with human resources representatives for the studios and sat for an extensive interview. Gibson has been with the drama for twelve years and was suspended for two episodes with another director brought in to finish the episode he was helming. The day after word of the suspension came out, he was let go.
Gibson, who reportedly has had alleged on-set dustups before involving shoving and verbal abuse, said in a statement: “I had hoped to see it through to the end, but that won’t be possible now. I would just like to say thank you to the writers, producers, actors, our amazing crew, and most importantly, the best fans a show could ever hope to have.”