Thomas Gibson, who was fired from the CBS drama Criminal Minds Friday after an on-set altercation with a producer, has hired Los Angeles-based attorney Louis "Skip" Miller to pursue legal action against the show's producers, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Miller and his partner Sasha Frid are looking into Gibson's dismissal from the long-running series, which came after the actor allegedly kicked writer-producer Virgil Williams over creative differences relating to an episode Gibson was directing, to determine whether or not the actor has a case against producers ABC Studios and CBS Television Studios.
Williams filed a formal complaint with human resources following the incident, which launched an initial internal investigation. Originally, Gibson was set to receive a two-episode suspension but was subsequently let go.
On Friday, Gibson released the following statement in response to his termination: "I love Criminal Minds and have put my heart and soul into it for the last 12 years. 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 that a show could ever hope to have."
This was not the first time Gibson was involved in a physical altercation on set. In 2010, he reportedly pushed another producer and had to attend anger management classes. In 2013, Gibson was arrested on suspicion of DUI.
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Moore starred opposite Gibson for 11 seasons before departing the series last season.
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