'Criminal Minds' Producers Allegedly Hid Harassment
The series "Criminal Minds" was a long-running show about FBI agents tracking down fictional perpetrators. But a state agency alleges that the CBS show for years employed and protected a wrongdoer in its own ranks, a cinematographer accused of multiple instances of sexual groping.
California's Department of Fair Employment and Housing filed a civil rights lawsuit last week against CBS Studios, "Criminal Minds" production companies ABC and the Walt Disney Co., four of the show's executive producers, and cinematographer Gregory St. Johns.
The complaint, which seeks unspecified compensatory and punitive damages, paints a picture not only of "rampant, frequent, and...open" harassment by St. Johns, but also a pattern of retaliation against people who complained about his behavior.