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Thomas Gibson Considers Legal Action Over ‘Criminal Minds’ Firing

The actor was dismissed on Friday after an alleged physical confrontation two weeks ago.

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After being fired from “Criminal Minds” on Friday, Thomas Gibson is considering legal action. The actor, who starred on the CBS drama since it first debuted in 2005, has retained the counsel of Alexander Frid and Louis “Skip” Miller for a potential lawsuit; according to Deadline, the latter has confirmed that “our firm is representing Mr. Gibson.”

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Gibson’s dismissal from “Criminal Minds” follows an on-set altercation that occurred two weeks ago in which he allegedly kicked Virgil Williams, one of the show’s co-executive producers; he was suspended for two weeks before the ultimate decision to fire him. The actor, who has also directed several episodes of the primetime drama, was involved in two preceding incidents that may have factored into his exit. He reportedly shoved assistant director Ian Woolf during a late-night shoot in 2010, and in 2013 pleaded no contest after being arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.

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“Thomas Gibson has been dismissed from Criminal Minds,” reads a joint statement from CBS TV Studios and ABC Studios released on Friday. “Creative details for how the character’s exit will be addressed in the show will be announced at a later date.”

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