Two wrongs don’t make a right, but this gossip is juicy!
Thomas Gibson was terminated from “Criminal Minds” last week after he allegedly kicked one of the show’s writers during an on-set altercation over creative differences, but according to TMZ, this isn’t the writer’s first experience with violent drama on a television set.
The writer, Virgil Williams, also wrote for “ER” in 2006, and played on and managed the company’s softball team. According to rumors, Williams exploded at a female production assistant after he heard that she was replacing him on the team.
Sources with ties to “ER” spilled details of an incident where Williams called the PA into his office, closed the door and completely went off. He allegedly threatened to ruin her career and also made threats against her life. (Keep in mind, this was supposedly over an employee softball league.) The woman later left in tears.
After the “ER” incident, Williams was suspended from the show and required to take anger management classes. A source close to Williams believes that he learned his lesson and has not had issues in the workplace since.
Gibson is apparently aware of Williams’ past and reportedly believes he was wrongfully fired from “Criminal Minds.” He has hired an L.A.-based law firm and may pursue legal action against the show. Gibson claims that he kicked Williams in self-defense.
Producers maintain that Gibson is at fault and said Williams still has his job on the show.