CBS, Disney, Producers of “Criminal Minds” Charged By California For Alleged Sexual Misconduct On Filming

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Disney and CBS face a new trial.

Entertainment companies and producers of long-standing series “Criminal Minds” sued by California Department of Fair Employment and Housing, who alleges that the series’ director of photography has engaged in sexual misconduct endemic against team members for 14 years.

The Los Angeles Superior Court complaint Tuesday claimed that the production team knew and tolerated the alleged behavior of director of photography Gregory St. Johns during the years he spent on “Criminal Minds,” and fired more than a dozen men who resisted his unwanted trial and error and sexual harassment.

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The show was co-produced by CBS and Disney-owned ABC Signature Studios and spanned 15 seasons on CBS.

These entities as well as the production company Entertainment Partners, several of the producers of the show and St. Johns himself are named as defendants in the lawsuit, which seeks reimbursement of wages and other damages to the members of the team. who have been laid off.

FILE - In this file photo from January 12, 2016, the CBS logo appears on the screen during the Winter TCA in Pasadena, California. The state of California is suing CBS, Disney, and the producers of the long-standing series

FILE – In this file photo from January 12, 2016, the CBS logo appears on screen during the winter CAW in Pasadena, California. The state of California is suing CBS, Disney, and the producers of the long-standing series “Criminal Minds,” alleging that the show’s director of photography, Gregory St. Johns, committed endemic sexual misconduct against members of the team for years.
(Richard Shotwell / Invision / AP, file)

According to Variety, the costume claims that the series production crew knew that St. Johns would regularly harass male crew members by touching and kissing them inappropriately, and did nothing to stop it. .

The prosecution also alleges that more than a dozen men were laid off after complaining about the behavior of St. John’s, by variety.

The human resources complaints have not resulted in a real sanction against St. Johns, and the investigations by the defendant companies have been toothless and designed to hide the misconduct, the lawsuit says.

The director of photography left the series after Variety announced the news of the allegations against him in 2018.

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“The defendants ‘management team not only had real and constructive knowledge of St. Johns’ abusive conduct, but they tolerated it,” said the trial, through Variety. “No measures necessary to prevent harassment and discrimination based on sex have been taken over the years, nor have appropriate corrective measures been taken. Instead, the leaders fired anyone who had tacitly resisted or escaped the advances or abuses of St. Johns. “

In March 2019, the state began investigating the production, finding a pattern in St. Johns’ alleged inappropriate behavior towards men on the set.

The lawsuit alleges that those who resisted the advances of St. Johns were faced with “silent treatment, social ostracism, unfair criticism, public shame and ultimately dismissal”.

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Representatives from Disney, ABC, CBS, Entertainment Partners and St. Johns did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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