Criminal Minds alum Thomas Gibson, who was recently fired from the hit drama after a reported physical altercation on set, secretly filed for divorce from his wife, Christine Gibson, two years ago.
According to documents obtained by Extra, the 54-year-old actor filed for divorce in 2014 after 21 years of marriage.
"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,” he stated in court documents. Extra reports that Christine responded by filing a “general denial.”
Thomas filed a counterpetition in December 2015 to reaffirm his decision to permanently part ways from Christine, according to Extra. The outlet reports that if no movement is made on the case by October 25, it will be dismissed.
Before news of the CBS star’s strained relationship with Christine came to light, he made headlines on August 12 after he was terminated from Criminal Minds for allegedly kicking show writer Virgil Williams.
“Thomas Gibson has been dismissed from Criminal Minds,” producers told Us Weekly at the time in a statement. “Creative details for how the character’s exit will be addressed in the show will be announced at a later date.”
The actor, who played FBI Special Agent Aaron Hotchner, addressed his unexpected exit in a subsequent statement to Us: “I love Criminal Minds and have put my heart and soul into it for the last 12 years. I had hoped to see it through to the end, but that won’t be possible now. I would just like to say thank you to the writers, producers, actors, our amazing crew and, most importantly, the best fans that a show could ever hope to have.”
Thomas has starred on Criminal Minds since the drama’s September 2005 series premiere. As Us Weekly reported on August 14, he hired a top Los Angeles lawyer to pursue a possible lawsuit in regards to his termination. Since then, he joined Twitter to keep in touch with fans.
Criminal Minds returns to CBS on Wednesday, September 28, at 9 p.m. ET.
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