It’s been a rough week for Thomas Gibson of Criminal Minds. The actor played Aaron Hotchner on the CBS crime series, but was fired on Friday for allegedly kicking a producer. It seems this was not the first issue CBS had with Thomas, however. It has been widely reported that due to a previous incident of workplace violence and a DUI, Gibson’s relationship with showrunners was already strained. Insiders say that his kicking the show producer was the last straw.
Today, Radar Online broke the news that Thomas Gibson is also in the midst of a divorce. Papers were filed over two years ago, but the marriage still has not been fully dissolved. Thomas and Christine have been married for 25 years. Since Gibson’s original filing in 2014, there has been some back and forth between the two, but nothing at all has happened with it since December 10, 2015. If all remains quiet until October, Thomas’s filing for divorce will be dismissed.
So what’s behind all this?
Variety reports that the most recent incident happened during the filming of a Criminal Minds episode that Gibson was directing. He and show producer Virgil Williams got into an argument on the set, and Thomas kicked Virgil. A source for Page Six said that Williams actually started the argument. The source said,
“Williams is a boxer and a martial artist, he’s no angel. He can be very aggressive… [Williams] got very aggressive, so Thomas walked away and then he felt like the guy was coming after him. He turned around and kicked just on instinct, like a reflex.”
In 2014, Gibson’s manager charged that Shemar Moore and Mandy Patinkin verbally attacked him. His manager had to talk “Gibson out of physically attacking Moore.” Then there was Gibson’s DUI arrest in 2013. He pleaded no contest to those charges. People reports that he was sentenced to three years of probation, was required to pay a fine, and had to attend an alcohol education program.
About three years before the DUI charges, in 2010, Thomas allegedly shoved someone while shooting an episode. This time it was assistant director Ian Woolf. They were doing a late-night shoot that required Gibson to drive a car quickly across a bridge. There was confusion about the timing of his driving. Thomas came out of the car yelling at Woolf about safety concerns. Woolf yelled back, and Gibson shoved him with both hands. Following that incident, the studio required Thomas to attend eight hours of anger management classes. Renewal of his contract was suspended until that class was completed.
These specific incidents were part of a pattern with Thomas Gibson during his time with Criminal Minds. Several people from the show have stated that his mood was very up and down, with him pleasant sometimes and then suddenly angry. He and Shemar Moore, who left Criminal Minds at the end of last season, had a very strained relationship. Moore’s chronic tardiness was one thing that would set off Thomas’ anger.
Others from Criminal Minds have also described Gibson as selfish, especially in his demands for a schedule that allowed him to go home to San Antonio.
In Thomas Gibson’s personal life, there is the divorce filing that may soon disappear. In Thomas’s filing in June of 2014, he said they had “ceased to live together as husband and wife.” In that document, Gibson also said this.
“The marriage has become insupportable because of discord or conflict of personalities … that destroys the legitimate ends of the marriage relationship and prevents any reasonable expectation of reconciliation.”
Christine filed a response later that month in which she denied everything Thomas had said, even the date he said they had gotten married. He maintained that what he had said was true in a filing he made in December of 2015. That was the last time anything happened with his divorce.
Like Gibson’s relationship with the people at Criminal Minds, his relationship with his wife was strained for a long time before he filed for divorce. In 2013, the same year as his DUI arrest, Thomas was in the news about an affair he said he had been tricked into online. Gibson also claimed that he and his wife had been separated for two and a half years at that point.
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