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Disney Faces Allegations of Harassment on ‘Criminal Minds’ Set

March 18, 2021, 8:55 PM

Walt Disney Co. must face a lawsuit filed by a California agency over allegations of sexual harassment on the set of “Criminal Minds” after a superior court judge refused to dismiss the representative action.

California’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing sued “Criminal Minds” creators Disney, ABC Studios Inc., CBS Studios Inc., and various producers in August. Director of photography Gregory St. Johns sexually harassed, discriminated against, and retaliated against people on the show’s set over the course of 14 years, the suit alleged. St. Johns created an intimidating, hostile, and offensive work environment, enabled and protected by the executive ...