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Louis Lombardi defends Kiefer Sutherland following Prinze, Jr. attack

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Jul 29, 2014 | 4:44pm EDT

24 actor Louis Lombardi has come to the defence of the show's star Kiefer Sutherland after former castmate Freddie Prinze, Jr. recently ripped into the TV action man for his bad behaviour. In a weekend (26-27Jul14) interview with ABC News, Prinze, Jr. revealed he hated working with Sutherland on 24 and almost quit acting after the unpleasant experience. The Scooby-Doo star claimed he was forced to remove his shoes in scenes with Kiefer, so he didn't tower over the show's leading man, and also took aim at his co-star's professionalism. Sara Gilbert and Aisha Tyler, who have both worked with Sutherland on 24, offered the actor their support in a segment on their U.S. chat show The Talk on Monday (28Jul14), and now Lombardi has weighed in, insisting his experience with the 24 star was very different to the one Prinze, Jr. detailed. He tells Us Weekly magazine, "He was one of the most professional actors I've ever worked with. He wanted the best out of everybody. I have nothing but great experiences with him. He's a gentleman. "Maybe he (Prinze, Jr.) was jealous, maybe Kiefer did something to him, who knows? But Kiefer's one of the most professional and most likeable people! Kiefer is the most professional actor. I'm baffled about the kid's comments and baffled why he would say this years later! I'm all for Kiefer. I think he's a great dude and I have nothing but love for him. Everyone loves him, all the actors around him, the crew. Everyone!" And responding to Prinze, Jr.'s remarks about having to perform shoeless, Lombardi adds, "Why'd that kid say that? That's crazy! It's almost like, 'Let it go!' If that's the biggest problem that you have, to take your shoes off, I mean..." A representative for Sutherland addressed Prinze, Jr.'s comments on Monday (28Jul14), saying, "Kiefer worked with Freddie Prinze, Jr. more than five years ago. This is the first time he has heard of Freddie's grievances. Kiefer enjoyed working with Freddie and wishes him all the best."

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