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Who knew that some of the most compelling Criminal Minds drama would take place behind the scenes of the long-running series? The show captured headlines in recent days with the sudden termination of actor Thomas Gibson's contract, and the situation has continued to move into progressively odd territory. Now it seems that the affair might soon become quite a bit more complicated, as Gibson has apparently considered taking legal action.
A new report from THR indicates that actor Thomas Gibson is currently considering taking CBS to court over his recent termination from the crime series, Criminal Minds. In the last few days, he has apparently hired a prominent Los Angeles based law firm, and together they have begun exploring his legal options as well as the proper action that he can potentially take against the network. At this point there is no confirmation that he will actually sue the network or the Criminal Minds producers, but it seems that he hasn't closed the door on that as a possible option either. This situation just gets weirder and weirder by the day.
For those of you that haven't kept yourselves up to date on this matter, Thomas Gibson recently found himself terminated from his contract on the CBS drama Criminal Minds under some fairly bizarre circumstances. On Friday the actor reportedly was fired by the network following a physical altercation on the set, during which he apparently kicked one of the show's writers. Gibson has publicly addressed the incident and expressed remorse for not being able to see the show to its conclusion, but stopped short of specifically apologizing for the altercation in question.
This wouldn't be the first time that an actor has considered taking legal action against a network or studio over termination from a particular series. Charlie Sheen similarly filed legal action against CBS when his feud with the network and writer-producer Chuck Lorre resulted in him being forced out of his Two And A Half Men contract in 2011. Sheen's case was based on the grounds that his termination caused him to lose out on potential future employment opportunities. Actress Nicollette Sheridan is also currently in the midst of an ongoing legal battle with ABC over her departure form Desperate Housewives. Although it remains unclear whether or not Gibson will press forward with this legal decision, there's still a very clear precedent for such action.
It seems that this situation continues to move in strange and unexpected ways. We will bring you any and all relevant updates related to the Thomas Gibson/Criminal Minds affair as more information becomes available to us. For now, make sure to check out our comprehensive fall TV premiere schedule and mark your calendars accordingly. Stay tuned for more details!