Criminal Minds suspends its lead actor following on-set fight

The crime procedural's star is to be written out of two episodes of the upcoming season

Jacob Stolworthy@Jacob_Stol
Thursday 11 August 2016 19:07
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Production on Criminal Minds has been rocked by an incident which saw one of the US drama's lead actors involved in an on-set fight.

Actor Thomas Gibson, who plays FBI Special Agent Aaron Hotchner in the long-running series (nicknamed "Hotch"), was reportedly involved in a 'physical altercation' which saw him kick one of the show's producers.

As a consequence, Deadline reports that Gibson is to be written out of two episodes of the show's twelfth season which is currently shooting. The actor - who has previously directed six episodes of the CBS drama - has also lost the opportunity to direct an episode from the upcoming season.

In a statement, Gibson said: “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 we always will.”

Gibson has appeared in Criminal Minds since it first debuted in 2005. The crime procedural, created by Jeff Davis, follows a group of FBI Agents who attempt to catch criminals through behavioural profiling. There have currently been 255 episodes.

Season 12 is set to premiere in the US on 28 September.

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