California has filed a complaint against Disney and the american channel CBS, which she accuses of having turned a blind eye to 14 years of sexual harassment on the set of the crime series criminal Minds, has announced on Tuesday to officials.
The complaint filed in Los Angeles says Gregory St. Johns has abused his job as director of photography to do touching on male members of the team, and that it has retaliated against those who refused his advances.
According to the document, Gregory St. Johns has touched the genitals of several men and “kissed or caressed their necks, their shoulders and their ears”. This behavior was “common” and was “openly”, according to the text.
“The complaint ensures that the production team was aware of the unlawful behaviour and the tolerated, and that it has laid off a dozen men who had resisted the harassment of St. John’s”, says a press release from the department in charge of enforcing fair labour practices in the State of California.
Mr. St. Johns has been ruled out of the series after the trade magazine Variety has published an article that in 2018 on these charges.
The california department, which ensures that the law is respected, including in cases of harassment in the workplace, has begun investigating in march 2019. It now seeks to obtain damages for the alleged victims.
Contacted for a reaction, Disney and CBS were not reachable in the immediate future.
Criminal minds, which follows a team of profilers, is a series jointly produced by ABC, which is owned by Disney, and CBS. It is happening in Quebec on the TVA.