One of the stars of the long-running CBS procedural “Criminal Minds” was suspended from the show following what’s being reported as a physical altercation on the set.
TMZ.com reported early today that Thomas Gibson was suspended “after going ham on a writer, kicking him in the leg.”
The website added: “Production sources tell TMZ … the actor was directing and acting in a scene a few weeks back when he got in a creative dispute with one of the writers. We’re told the argument escalated and Thomas exploded in anger, kicking the writer in the leg.”
Gibson has been a mainstay of the show since the beginning, starring as Unit Chief Aaron Hotchner. Deadline.com reports that Gibson released a statement saying: “There were creative differences on the set and a disagreement. I regret that it occurred. We all want to work together as a team to make the best show possible. We always have and we always will.”
TMZ reported that Thomas claimed he kicked the writer “in retaliation” after the writer became “aggressive.”
“We’re told the writer was not about to let it go,” TMZ added. “He called his agent, who then called network honchos. At that point the network had to take action and suspended Thomas … it’s unclear for how long, but he’s been gone for 2 weeks.”
Writing on Deadline, Nellie Andreeva adds: “In addition to Gibson’s immediate suspension from acting on the ABC Studios/CBS TV Studios-produced show — now believed to be filming episodes 3 and 4 — I hear his Season 12 directing stint on ‘Criminal Minds’ also was nixed following the incident.”