Actor Thomas Gibson has reportedly been suspended from TV show Criminal Minds for allegedly kicking a writer.
The 54-year-old, who has portrayed FBI agent Aaron Hotchner since the show began in 2005, was directing and acting a scene in July (16) when he got involved in a dispute with one of the writers and the argument turned physical when Gibson allegedly kicked him in the leg.
The writer reported the altercation to his agent and Gibson has subsequently been suspended by CBS executives and been written out of one or two episodes of the show’s 12th season, which airs in the U.S. in September (16).
Gibson, who claimed the writer became aggressive so he retaliated, admits the incident to TMZ.com, 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 always will.”
The actor has directed six episodes of the show so far and his upcoming directorial work on the series has been axed as a consequence of his suspension, according to Deadline.com.