Back in May, when Pauley Perrette left NCIS after 15 seasons, her exit — and subsequent social media activity — gave fans a hint that something was very wrong on the set of the hit CBS drama. And now, there seems to be problems on the set of another popular CBS show, Criminal Minds.
Greg St. Johns, the director of photography on Criminal Minds, has been with the long-running show since the beginning. He started as an A-camera operator in 2006, and in 2007 they promoted him to his current position of DP.
There’s something going on over on CBS NCIS too. Pauley Perrette quit and last we heard was just her tweets. pic.twitter.com/rfPrpWJo33
— Tori (@victoriarocksu) October 4, 2018
St. Johns has remained in that role, despite the fact that the state of California and ABC Studios human resources have investigated multiple allegations of abusive behavior. St. Johns has allegedly sexually harassed and retaliated against crew members, and he has created a toxic environment on the set.
Variety is reporting that 19 former or current Criminal Minds staffers have described how St. Johns gropes male staffers, physically threatens them, and fires anyone who complains. Several members of the crew have also said they reported St. Johns behavior to senior management, but they never took any steps to address the alleged abuse.
Back in January, about 100 Criminal Minds crew members received an anonymous email claiming that staffers had contacted the show’s producers and complained about St. Johns’ alleged abusive behavior. The email described inappropriate touching, verbal abuse, and the retaliatory firings of the entire electrical department, and it also made clear that many directors would not be returning to the show because of St. Johns’ behavior.
The sender of the email requested that producers interview every crew member in a safe, anonymous setting, in an effort to protect them from being singled out and retaliated against by St. Johns if they decide to share their story.
Even though ABC Studios — which produces Criminal Minds — conducted an investigation into St. Johns alleged behavior, we don’t know their findings, and he continues to work on the show and oversees multiple departments.
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Tony Matulic, who used to work on Criminal Minds as a digital imaging technician, was one of the people who filed a complaint against St. Johns, but he waited until he left the show. Matulic says that when you get to be on a big show like that, you are happy to be there. So, you go along with things and avoid rocking the boat.
This latest story about St. Johns is causing some people to wonder if there is a similar work environment at NCIS. Once she left the show, Perrette posted some cryptic tweets about a “machine” keeping her silent. And, she also mysteriously tweeted, “He did it.”
New episodes of NCIS and Criminal Minds air Tuesday and Wednesday nights, respectively, on CBS.