Criminal Minds Just Cast Reid's New Love Interest, But What About JJ? – Cinema Blend

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Season 14 of Criminal Minds ended on a huge twist in the love department when JJ revealed her longtime love for friend and colleague Reid. Their last scene together in the finale indicated that the story of JJ’s feelings for Reid was far from over, and fans of their potential romance had something fun to speculate about over hiatus. Now, however, an outside love interest has been cast for Reid that may not make JJ too happy. Rachael Leigh Cook will appear in Criminal Minds‘ final season as Reid’s love interest.

Rachel Leigh Cook of Perception fame will play a woman by the name of Max. A woman with a kind heart and straightforward nature, Max apparently will have plenty of quirks to set herself apart. Cook will appear in at least two of the ten episodes in Criminal Minds‘ final season. Notably, appearances in more than two episodes have not been ruled out, and filming is currently ongoing. It’s entirely possible that there will be more of Max than can be reported now.

Although it’s too early to guess how exactly Max will fit into (or stick out of) the Reid/JJ dynamic that had to have changed after JJ’s bombshell revelation, it sounds to me like Criminal Minds has found a character who may not come across as “the bad guy” for getting in the way of a potential romance.

Of course, Reid/JJ shippers who have been hoping for a love connection from the very beginning may not be happy about Max, but nobody should panic just yet. Rachel Leigh Cook could be a fun addition to the show before its final credits roll. Reid may need all the support he can get, depending on how the story with his mom goes down.

Even if she wants to be, JJ may not be able to be there for him in the ways he needs. She is after all a seemingly happily married mom. Although the finale didn’t end with JJ explicitly reaffirming that she was sincere when she dropped the love bombshell on Reid during a bad guy’s twisted game of “Truth or Dare,” it wasn’t difficult to see that she couldn’t take it back.

The confession that she’s loved him for years is out there. With an outside love interest in the mix and JJ’s husband presumably still around, how are they going to handle it? Will Max be impacted by what could be a messy situation? Will JJ and Reid struggle with their professionalism now that the confession is out there?

Not too many questions can be answered ahead of the premiere of Season 15, but Criminal Minds head honcho Erica Messer did tell TVLine that the confession is “definitely a huge driver for the first handful of episodes that will help add layers to those characters again.” So, whatever goes down between Reid and JJ, don’t expect it to be over and done with after just the first couple of episodes!

Unfortunately, there’s no premiere date set for the fifteenth and final season, so there’s no saying how long we’ll be waiting to see what happens next. The good news is that there are plenty of solid TV options now and in the not-too-distant future, and you can find them on our midseason TV premiere schedule.

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After 14 Seasons, Criminal Minds Tries To Find A Way To Surprise – And Disappoints – Cultured Vultures

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Criminal Minds is the longest running TV show I follow – I’ve been faithfully watching since season 1. Initially, it was because of the good writing and well-developed characters. I liked that for the most part, these law enforcers stand firmly on the side of morality and goodness. They offer a much-needed contrast to the monsters they profile and hunt for a living. Time, however, has not been on Criminal Minds’ side. The writing and storylines have gotten more ridiculous, and a lot of what I enjoyed about the show – namely the profiling – has now gone out of the window in favour of Penelope Garcia’s (Kirsten Vangsness) magic IT abilities. This includes creating HD quality photos from a source that is so pixelated it looks like Tetris. Not to mention the sheer instantaneous discovery of information from traits and factors given by the team. Sometimes I wonder why they need such a large team when Garcia only needs a few people to aid her in her one-woman show.

We then had the departure of significant characters, like Prentiss (Paget Brewster), Morgan (Shemar Moore) and much to everyone’s shock, Hotch (Thomas Gibson) bid his farewell without even appearing on screen. Thomas Gibson’s rough behaviour with a producer had gotten him fired from the show, and with his swift removal we received Brewster returning to reprise her role as Emily Prentiss. Don’t get me wrong, I adore Emily Prentiss, but at the same time, it was disappointing to see one of my favourite characters on the show disappear into that good night. Couldn’t they have negotiated something that would give his character a proper send-off? Unfortunately, Gibson’s behaviour was too incorrigible for any sort of reconciliation, so out he went.

At this point, I’m merely going through the motions of watching Criminal Minds. This means multitasking while each episode plays on, with very few episodes managing to hold my attention in this penultimate season. The only reason for my continuance is due to my years of investment – I want to see how it all ends.

This brings me to the final episode of season 14. Once again, I was watching the show from my periphery, rolling my eyes a little at the B.A.U (Behavioural Analysis Unit) playing poker in the middle of a work day – the serial killers must be on holiday or something. JJ (A.J. Cook) decides to go all in, pushing her large stash of skittles into the big cash pile. Reid (Matthew Gray Gubler) smirks in reaction to this big show of confidence, believing her to be bluffing because she has a tell.

As the team goes about revealing their hands, it seems that Reid is on his way to a win, until JJ reveals her cards and we see that she has the winning hand. Her statement to Reid: “I guess I am a better liar than you know.” This scene caught my attention, not because of what she said, but more so the crazy amount of eye contact Reid and JJ were sharing. This pricked at my gut, however, I pushed my suspicions aside. Come on, it’s Reid and JJ, he’s the godfather to her children, she is a happily married woman – of course I was imagining things.

The episode meanders along dully, until the showdown between JJ, Reid and the Truth/Dare assailant. To stall him, JJ challenges him to a game of truth or dare. The premise of this is asinine – there is no one so consumed with this game that they cannot resist playing it with anyone who asks. Just when we thought this was going to be the most boring season finale ever, the unsub (unidentified subject of an investigation) forces JJ to tell him her darkest secret, something she would never think to say aloud. After her first few attempts at secret-telling get shot down, she then confesses that she has loved Reid all along. Wait, what? Oh, she’s probably lying (I think to myself), the opening scene demonstrated she is a better liar than we think, so all this emotional leaking is just for show. That is until the confrontation ends, but JJ and Reid are still exchanging looks filled with overflowing subtext.

As we move to Rossi’s wedding scene, I was still in a state of disbelief that this was happening. They were still giving each other longing glimpses, made all the more awkward by the presence of JJ’s husband Will. JJ finally walks over to Reid to clear the air, spinning a tale of how her confession had been a lie she told to satisfy the truth/dare unsub. Reid addresses her as Jennifer, which he only called her once before, and with utmost seriousness asks her if what she said has a ring of truth to it. Her hesitation gives us all we need to know.

My concern is that this unfolding of events makes JJ look unprofessional and incompetent. In the course of their careers in the FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation), I think they have come up against greater adversaries than truth/dare man, so the fact that she broke down and allowed herself to be so vulnerable in front of a man who didn’t seem all that threatening just doesn’t seem plausible.

This revelation has left some Criminal Minds fans outraged. They feel that this coupling is a contrived way to add drama to the final season. Reid and JJ’s relationship should have stayed the way it was – best friends/siblings. Then there are the shippers, who have been waiting for this moment ever since season 1. In the fourth episode of season 1, Gideon (Mandy Patinkin) gives Reid tickets to a Redskins game so that he can ask JJ out on a date.

But after that, the storyline never got picked up. So we assume that Reid might not have made his romantic intentions clear, or JJ friendzoned him. Apparently the writers were too afraid to explore a romantic path between the two, which is why we got a more platonic development instead. In season 14 episode 1, we learn that JJ invited Penelope to come along with them, which indicates she might not have known it was a date. This is basically the set-up that allowed them to circle back and tackle this missed opportunity. The problem is, it feels a bit too late.

JJ has settled down with Will and they have made a beautiful family together. Why would she recklessly risk that for something with Reid? This is not to say that Reid is not worth it; I just don’t see how they can manoeuvre it without her coming across as a cheater. Let’s discuss the options shall we? One option is to kill Will and do a flashforward, but this feels a bit too convenient. Another possibility is that Will himself proposes a separation, so JJ is free to explore her relationship with Reid and not look like the bad guy. An affair between the two is probably not in the cards since it would be out of character for either one to engage in such behaviour.

With only 10 episodes left in the final season of Criminal Minds, I don’t see how they can properly develop a romantic relationship between the pair as well as wrap up the series. Don’t forget, the Chameleon (Michael Mosley) storyline also needs to be put to bed. There was also the inclusion of a weird subplot, where we find out Simmons’ (Daniel Henney) wife is pregnant – not sure why we needed this little tidbit of information.

After all the horror and nonsense they put Reid through, especially with the whole Mauve storyline and his false imprisonment, I would love to see him get a happy ending. However, I don’t think JJ is the right person to help him get there. They should have planted the seeds long ago if they wanted this to be where the characters ended up. The show has been quite resistant in pairing up members of the team romantically, which was to its advantage. The focus and draw of Criminal Minds is the profiling and crime-solving aspect, and having team members be romantically involved  just dilutes that.

I gave Criminal Minds 14 years of my life, so however they choose to end the series, it better be goddamn tantalising – otherwise I might do a Thomas Gibson and accidentally tap someone with my leg.

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6 Things We Need From the Final Season of Criminal Minds – TV Guide

Criminal Minds is coming to an end after 15 seasons and over 300 episodes. That’s a lot of murder, crime solving and drama for a series to have tackled. Right now, the creative team are writing the series’ final 10 episodes, which will air during the next TV season on CBS.

What ground could the BAU possibly have left to cover? Well, it turns out we have a handful of things we’d really like to see the show tackle in its last episodes. Of course we want to see the team happy and know that they’ll lead fruitful lives, whether they’re solving murder cases or not, but there are some specific loose ends that need tying up and bucket list items we want to happen before Criminal Minds says goodbye (except for the constant reruns).

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1. Confirmation of J.J.’s confession: Season 14 ended with an emotional bombshell that J.J. (A.J. Cook) may or may not be in love with Reid (Matthew Gray Gubler). The problem is, we don’t know if she actually meant it or if she was just making something up to appease the trigger-happy unsub waving a gun at her face. It is the biggest unanswered question we have going into the finale and could potentially disrupt the chemistry of the entire team. Considering the magnitude of the confession, we’re going to need the show’s hiatus to determine which way we want it to go, because we’re still a bit mixed up about it, to be honest.

2. Prentiss gets her romantic happily ever after: Of all the people who can’t catch a break on this team, Prentiss (Paget Brewster) is at the top. Season 14 gave her Andrew Mendoza (Stephen Bishop), an FBI agent who teamed up with the BAU for a couple of cases. We’ve only got little bits of their fledgling relationship, but Prentiss finally has someone in her life who understands her job and seems to make her happy. Let’s make it official so we know she has someone to kick it with once she stops hunting down murderers.

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3. Returning guest stars: Erica Messer already confirmed that Season 15 will feature a lot of Will LaMontagne (Josh Stewart) and see a return from Reid’s mom (Jane Lynch), but with only 10 episodes, we want to see as many familiar faces as possible. Ben Savage as young Gideon perhaps? Or maybe the return of great unsubs like Floyd Feylinn Ferrell (Jamie Kennedy) or The Reaper (C. Thomas Howell)? (OK, he’s dead, but flashbacks are a thing.)

4. Garcia out in the field: Garcia’s (Kirsten Vangsness) limited experience out in the field hasn’t been that great — she either gets shot or kidnapped — but there’s time to change that! She’s the wizard behind the computer screens, but it’d be great to see her take down an unsub for herself without the risk of PTSD afterwards.

5. Simmons and his wife get birth control: We never want to trample on someone else’s happiness, but the couple are now expecting their fifth kid. That’s five children. That’s so many kids on a government employee’s salary. What if there is another government shutdown? We say this out of worry!

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How the Show "Criminal Minds" Changed Cop Drama Forever – TVOvermind

“Criminal Minds” is wrapping up its fifteenth and final season and fans of the crime drama are sorry to see it end. It’s one of the longest running cop shows and it changed the face of cop drama. The CBS series premiered in 2005 and consistently receives high ratings. It’s ensemble cast has changed over the seasons, and the series has been controversial for its portrayal of violent crimes. Here’s how the show “Criminal Minds” changed cop drama.

Cop Dramas of the Past

One of the biggest themes of “Criminal Minds” is that the show focuses on victims and criminals and not the crimes. Up until “Criminal Minds” premiered, cop dramas’ focus was on the procedure of finding the perpetrator. A victim was found dead, and the police or forensic experts solved the crime. Cop shows became popular in the 1970’s with hit series including “Adam 12”, “Hawaii Five-O”, “The Streets of San Francisco”, “Kojak” and “Police Woman”. All focused on the police solving a crime. The 1980’s cop dramas became more campy and sometimes included private detectives solving crimes. Popular 1980’s crime dramas included “Magnum PI”, “Hill Street Blues”, “Miami Vice” and “Moon Lighting”. The 1990’s featured popular crime dramas with a supernatural edge like “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”, “Charmed” and “The X Files”. “Law and Order” and its many spin offs also became popular.

What’s Different about “Criminal Minds”

With the premier of “Criminal Minds” in 2005, a new kind of cop drama series was introduced and was instantly popular. “Criminal Minds” focuses on the FBI’s Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU) headquartered in Quantico, Virginia. The series features a large ensemble cast that has changed over the course of the show’s history. The group of profilers are called in by local authorities throughout the country to analyze some of the most twisted criminals. The profiles travel to the crime scenes and try to figure out the criminals’ next moves before they can attack again. Each member of the BAU has a specific expertise in figuring out the minds of the criminals. Unlike traditional crime dramas, “Criminal Minds” focuses on the criminals and their victims anticipating the bad guy’s next move. It’s not so much about procedure and evidence. It’s more focused on psychological analysis. Because of this, many of the characters are personally and emotionally affected by the crimes they investigate. Viewers can also be disturbed by what they are watching. Several episodes of “Criminal Minds” are based on real life events.

Controversy

“Criminal Minds” may be the most controversial crime drama. The crimes investigated by the BAU are sometimes based on real life news which can be frightening. The crimes are often violent including criminals who are truly psychopaths and often serial killers. Many of “Criminal Minds” episodes feature the abduction and often murder of families, women and children. Even some of the cast members were disturbed by “Criminal Minds’” content. Mandy Patinkin played the BAU’s unit chief and senior supervisory special agent, Jason Gideon, when “Criminal Minds” premiered. He left the show abruptly after two seasons. He has said that working on the show that involved themes of killing and raping women every episode was emotionally destructive. He now happily stars in Showtime’s “Homeland”. Other stars of “Criminal Minds” have left the series because of creative difference with the shows writers.

Viewers of “Criminal Minds” admit to being disturbed by the series’ violent and psychologically disturbing content. “Criminal Minds” seems to try to push its limit with each episode. Critics have expressed concern that the show could inspire criminals or desensitize people to violence. Fans of the show argue that “Criminal Minds” doesn’t glamorize the crimes it portrays. Instead, the show delves into the psychology of profiling criminals and preventing more killing. “Criminal Minds” shows the passion of the members of the BAU as they investigate the minds of the criminals and try to prevent more killings.

Crime Dramas Inspired by “Criminal Minds”

Many of today’s crime dramas wouldn’t be without “Criminal Minds”, and some crime dramas have evolved because of “Criminal Minds”. Shows like “Mindhunter”, “Numb3rs” and “Hannibal” focus on the psychology of the criminal. “CSI” and “Law and Order” have also changed to focus on the criminal at times and not just the procedure. Although “Criminal Minds” is coming to an end, the series lives on in syndication and on Netflix. Fans of the show enjoy binge watching the crime drama. With its realism, pacing, and characters, “Criminal Minds” changed the face of crime drama.

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Criminal Minds' star fires back after ex-manager accuses her of 'piggybacking' on #MeToo – USA TODAY

“Criminal Minds” star A.J. Cook is taking her former manager to task, suing him for failing to tell her and other female clients about sexual misconduct allegations against him.

Cook says in her lawsuit that David Guillod committed fraud when he didn’t tell his clients about the accusations made against him by other women.

Guillod’s attorney, Thomas Ferlauto, dismissed her complaint, calling it a “frivolous lawsuit” in a statement sent to USA TODAY. Ferlauto added the suit cynically attempts to “piggyback” on the #MeToo movement in order to avoid paying commissions she owes.

But Cook’s attorney is returning fire.

“No one wants to have their good name or career tethered to someone that is accused of multiple sexual assaults,” Michael J. Saltz told USA TODAY Friday. “That is why everyone had separated themselves from Harvey Weinstein, Bill Cosby, Kevin Spacey, and the like prior to any charges being filed.

“The difference here is that Mr. Guillod and Primary Wave (the talent agency where he previously served as CEO) had a legal duty to disclose potentially harmful information about themselves to their clients so that their clients could avoid the negative consequences of such an association,” Saltz continued. “They unlawfully took away Ms. Cook’s right to control and protect her brand by concealing the truth about their fidelity.”

One of the accusers mentioned in the suit is actress Jessica Barth (of “Ted”), whom Guillod represented at his previous company. She accused him of drugging and sexually assaulting her in 2012 but stopped pursuing charges after she says he threatened to sue her. Along the way, Barth says she learned other women had similar stories of being sexually assaulted by him while incapacitated, including one of his former assistants.

Guillod resigned as CEO of Primary Wave Entertainment in November 2017 following Barth’s allegation.  

In his statement, Saltz said, “Mr. Guillod’s public statements that the previous claims of sexual assault and rape were unfounded is essentially the same as calling his victims liars. In saying so, he has likely defamed them and reset the statute of limitations should any of them wish to file suit.” 

Saltz argued that by making those statements, he’s violated any non-disclosure or non-disparagement language in any settlements with those victims.

“Therefore, his victims should now be able to openly testify in this matter about their ordeal and the foundation of Mr. Guillod’s illegal and inexcusable conduct,” he wrote.

Cook’s lawsuit also accuses Guillod of going against her wishes and hiring lawyer Neil Meyer, who has also been accused of sexual misconduct, to negotiate her contract renewal, and paying him at double the rate she was charged under her previous deal.

All in all, Saltz argued, “Mr. Guillod’s failure to disclose to his clients as a fiduciary the serious and career-ending accusations levied against him by multiple victims means that he procured and kept his clients through fraud. The law does not allow anyone, including Primary Wave and Mr. Guillod, to profit from defrauding others and will otherwise force them to give back their clients’ earnings.”

USA TODAY has also requested comment from Primary Wave Entertainment.

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Actress A.J. Cook sues former manager over sexual assault allegations other women have brought – AOL

A.J. Cook, who has played Jennifer Jareau on nearly 300 episodes of the CBS drama Criminal Minds, filed a lawsuit Monday against her former manager, David Guillod, for allegedly concealing the fact that multiple women had accused him of sexual assault. Cook is seeking $1.6 million, according to an extensive report from the Wrap.

Cook says in the lawsuit that Guillod’s past as a “sexual predator” could have affected her reputation as an advocate for women, and she wants him to return the money she paid him for his services. She names him and his former company, Primary Wave Entertainment, as defendants.

Guillod has always denied the sexual misconduct allegations against him, as published by the Wrap in November 2017, and has described them as “false and malicious.” He subsequently left his company, as did actresses including Kristin Chenoweth, Gina Rodriguez and Paula Patton.

At that time, actress Jessica Barth, who has appeared in Ted and Family Guy, accused Guillod of drugging her at dinner before sexually assaulting her. Several other unnamed women, including a former assistant at Guillod’s company, accused him of sexual misconduct in the following weeks.

Cook’s lawsuit includes several new charges against Guillod. She alleges that he sexually harassed a number of women while working at multiple companies, including “poking his penis through a hole in a script” in front of a client and making sexual comments to a “very famous child actor” when she was underage.

A spokesman for Guillod dismissed the new lawsuit. “This frivolous lawsuit is a reaction to two lawsuits filed against A.J. Cook and her attempt to distract from her own financial liability,” the rep told the Wrap. “Mr. Guillod has represented Cook for over 20 years and together made her a household name. She has now elected in her own greed and self servicing manner to piggyback on a very important movement in an effort to circumvent her paying commissions owed. As Ms. Cook has no claims against Mr. Guillod she has elected to revisit unfounded claims made against him. No criminal or civil charges have ever been brought against Guillod.”

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LOS ANGELES – JANUARY 31: ‘A Real Rain’ — Gideon, Hotchner (Thomas Gibson , second from right) and the Behavioral Analysis Unit (from left: Lola Glaudini, Shemar Moore and Matthew Gray Gubler) are brought in to investigate a series of killings that appear to be the work of a vigilante, on CRIMINAL MINDS, scheduled to air on the CBS Television Network. Also pictured, third from left, Tonya Pinkins as Det. Nora Bennett. (Photo by Cliff Lipson/CBS Photo Archive via Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES – OCTOBER 3: ‘Empty Planet’ – The BAU team, including J.J. (A.J. Cooke, left), Gideon (Mandy Patinkin, second left), Morgan (Shemar Moore, center), Hotchner (Thomas Gibson, second right) work with Special Agent Nick Casey (Tom Choi, right) on the case of a serial bomber targeting technologically advanced locations, on CRIMINAL MINDS, scheduled to air on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by Monty Brinton/CBS Photo Archive via Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES – 2007: ‘No Way Out, Part II: The Evilution Of Frank’– Gideon takes off to hunt Frank (guest star Keith Carradine with Thomas Gibson) an elusive and prolific serial killer, without telling the BAU and the team must profile Gideon as a suspect in order to find them both, on the second season finale of CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, May 16 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Amy Madigan, pictured, returns as Jane. (Photo by Randy Tepper/CBS Photo Archive via Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES – 2007: ‘No Way Out, Part II: The Evilution Of Frank’–Gideon takes off to hunt Frank (guest star Keith Carradine with Thomas Gibson) an elusive and prolific serial killer, without telling the BAU and the team must profile Gideon as a suspect in order to find them both, on the second season finale of CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, May 16 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by Randy Tepper/CBS Photo Archive via Getty Images)

CRIMINAL MINDS – ‘Supply and Demand’ – As the BAU searches for a suspected human trafficking ring when the bodies of two missing persons are found in the trunk of a car, Unit Chief Aaron Hotchner intimates there could be changes within the team due to budget cuts as Jennifer ‘JJ’ Jareau returns to the FBI. The team is also assisted by SSA Andi Swan, the head of the Domestic Trafficking Task Force, on ‘Criminal Minds’ airing on CBS on WEDNESDAY, MAY 18 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET). (Photo by Eric McCandless/ABC Studios via Getty Images)THOMAS GIBSON, AMY PRICE-FRANCIS

LOS ANGELES – DECEMBER 24: ‘To Hell…And Back’ – Agent Rossi (Joe Mantegna, left), Agent Hotchner (Thomas Gibson, right) and the BAU track a serial killer who chooses junkies, prostitutes and the homeless off the streets of Detroit as his victims and takes them across the border into Canada, and an agent’s life is in peril, on the two-hour, fourth season finale event of Criminal Minds, Wednesday, May 20 (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by Michael Yarish/CBS via Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES – SEPTEMBER 17: ’52 Pickup’ — The BAU team, including agents Prentiss (Paget Brewster, left), Rossi (Joe Mantegna, second left), Jordan (Meta Golding, center), Hotch (Thomas Gibson, second right) and Detective Rachel Harding (Cari Shayne, right) track a serial killer who has turned the art of picking up women into a means of preying on his next victims, on CRIMINAL MINDS, Nov. 26 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. (Sonja Flemming/CBS via Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES – SEPTEMBER 17: ’52 Pickup’ — The BAU team, including agents Reid (Matthew Gray Gubler, back left), Hotch (Thomas Gibson, left), Rossi (Joe Mantegna, center left), Prentiss (Paget Brewster, center right) and Morgan (Shemar Moore, right) track a serial killer who has turned the art of picking up women into a means of preying on his next victims, on CRIMINAL MINDS, Nov. 26 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. (Sonja Flemming/CBS via Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES – OCTOBER 24: ‘Bloodline’ — Agents Jordan (Meta Golding, front left), Prentiss (Paget Brewster, front right) and Hotchner (Thomas Gibson, back center) arrive at the hospital to question a victim in an abduction case, on CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, Jan. 21st (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by Sonja Flemming/CBS via Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES – JULY 18: ‘Paradise’ — Agents Rossi (Joe Mantegna, left) and Hotchner (Thomas Gibson, right) prepare to raid a roadside motel that may be the site of a couple’s kidnapping, on CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, October 22 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. (Sonja Flemming/CBS via Getty Images)

PASEDENA – NOVEMBER 10: ‘Cold Comfort’ — Mr. Gless (guest star Randolph Mantooth, left) shows Agent Hotchner (Thomas Gibson, right) a photo of his son, who is a suspect in a murder case, on CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, Feb. 11th (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by Sonja Flemming/CBS via Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES – JANUARY 28: ‘Conflicted’ — Agents Prentiss (Paget Brewster, left) and Hotch (Thomas Gibson, right) travel with the BAU to Fort Lauderdale during spring break to track down a killer with multiple personalities, on CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, April 8 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by Monty Brinton/CBS via Getty Images)

CRIMINAL MINDS – ‘Hit’ – In the first part of a two-part season finale, the BAU encounters a gang of bank-robbing serial killers in the nation’s capital. As the team tries to negotiate the situation that is unfolding inside the bank, one of the team is taken hostage, on ‘Criminal Minds’ airing on CBS on WEDNESDAY, MAY 16 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET). (Photo by Monty Brinton / ABC Studios via Getty Images)
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LOS ANGELES – OCTOBER 19: ‘100’ — Hotchner (Thomas Gibson, left) relies on members of the BAU team, including Morgan (Shemar Moore, back center), Garcia (Kirsten Vangsness, center) and Rossi (Joe Mantegna, right) in the hunt to find the Reaper before he reaches HotchnerÕs family, on CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, November 25 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by Mark Davis/CBS via Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES – APRIL 29: ‘The Internet is Forever’ — The BAU team, including Agents Hotchner (Thomas Gibson, left), Prentiss (Paget Brewster, center), Morgan (Shemar Moore, center right) and Rossi (Joe Mantegna, right) profile a serial killer who finds his victims on social networking sites, on CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, May 19 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network Photo: (Photo by Mickael Yarish/CBS via Getty Images)

(L-R) Thomas Gibson, Matthew Gray Gubler, Kirsten Vangsness, Joe Mantegna, Paget Brewster, Shemar Moore and A.J. Cook attend the 100th episode cake-cutting ceremony of the television show ‘Criminal Minds’ held at Quixote Studios on October 19, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.

SAN FRANCISCO – FEBRUARY 28: ‘The Fight’ — Agent Hotchner (Thomas Gibson, right) and his BAU team join forces with a separate group of BAU operatives led by Agent Sam Cooper (special guest star Forest Whitaker, left) while investigating a string of murders in San Francisco, on Criminal Minds, Season Five, Wednesday, April 7 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by Monty Brinton/CBS via Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES – JANUARY 25: ‘Mosley Lane’ -Behind the scenes with series stars (LtoR) Paget Brewset, Matthew Gray Gubler, Thomas Gibson (seated), A.J. Cook, Shemar Moore, and Joe Mantegna (seated) of the CBS drama CRIMINAL MINDS. Gubler directed this episode which will air Wednesday, March 3 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by Cliff Lipson/CBS via Getty Images) *** local caption ***

LOS ANGELES – APRIL 29: ‘Our Darkest Hour’ — Agents Jareau (A.J. Cook, left) and Hotchner (Thomas Gibson, right) work with the rest of the BAU team to find a serial killer who preys on his victims in the dark, the fifth season finale cliffhanger of CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, May 26 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by Monty Brinton/CBS via Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES – OCTOBER 5: ‘Reflection of Desire’ — (from left) Prentiss (Paget Brewster), Reid (Matthew Gray Gubler) and Hotchner (Thomas Gibson) go on the hunt for a killer when a kidnapped woman is found murdered in an alley in Georgetown and must find him before he can strike again, on CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, Nov. 10 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Photo: (Photo by Cliff Lipson/CBS via Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES – OCTOBER 19: ‘100’ — Agent Hotchner (Thomas Gibson) battles the Reaper in an effort to save his family, on CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, November 25 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by Monty Brinton/CBS via Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES – OCTOBER 24: ‘What Happens At Home…’ — FBI cadet Agent Ashley Seaver (Rachel Nichols, left) assists Reid (Matthew Gray Gubler, second from left), Hotchner (Thomas Gibson, second from right) and Rossi (Joe Mantegna, right) as the BAU searches inside a gated New Mexico community for a killer targeting women, on CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, Dec. 8 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network (Photo by Sonja Flemming/CBS via Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES – OCTOBER 24: ‘What Happens At Home…’ –Hotchner (Thomas Gibson) and the BAU search inside a gated New Mexico community for a killer targeting women, on CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, Dec. 8 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network (Photo by Sonja Flemming/CBS via Getty Images)

CRIMINAL MINDS – ‘The Thirteenth Step’ – As the BAU goes on the road to track down two young lovers who are on an interstate murder spree, Prentiss receives alarming news from her former boss at Interpol, on ‘Criminal Minds’ airing on CBS on WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 19 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET). (Photo by Matt Kennedy/ABC via Getty Images)THOMAS GIBSON

CRIMINAL MINDS – ‘Lauren’ – When Emily Prentiss confronts her nemesis, Ian Doyle, and goes missing, JJ Jareau is asked by the BAU to help find Prentiss and capture Doyle before it is too late, on ‘Criminal Minds’ airing on CBS on WEDNESDAY, MARCH 16 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET). (Photo by Matt Kennedy/ABC via Getty Images)THOMAS GIBSON

LOS ANGELES – FEBRUARY 3: ‘Lauren’ — Ð (from left) JJ (guest star A.J. Cook) returns to help Reid (Matthew Gray Gubler), Rossi (Joe Mantegna), Hotch (Thomas Gibson, standing), Seaver (Rachel Nichols) and the BAU when Prentiss disappears to confront her nemesis, Ian Doyle, once and for all, on CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, March 16 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Series star Matthew Gray Gubler directs the episode. (Photo by Matt Kennedy/CBS via Getty Images)

CRIMINAL MINDS – Thomas Gibson stars as Aaron Hotch on ‘Criminal Minds’ on CBS. (Photo by Cliff Lipson/ ABC Studios via Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES – JANUARY 11: ‘All That Remains’ When the daughters of Bruce Morrison, a writer whose wife mysteriously vanished a year ago, go missing on the anniversary of their mother’Âs disappearance, Hotch (Thomas Gibson), Rossi (Joe Mantegna) and the BAU are brought in to study Morrison as a possible suspect, on CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, Feb. 6 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Series star Gibson directs his first episode of the series. (Photo by Monty Brinton/CBS via Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES – AUGUST 31: ‘The Night Watch’ — When the BAU investigates bodies being incorporated into macabre graffiti art in Detroit, they suspect that an elusive-yet-notorious street artist could be the UnSub. Also, balancing her relationship with her fiancé and her work becomes a struggle for Lewis, on CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, October 28th (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Series star Thomas Gibson (Aaron Hotchner) directed the episode. (Photo by Monty Brinton/CBS via Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES – JULY 12: ‘The Silencer’Â Hotch (Thomas Gibson) and newest BAU member Alex Blake (Jeanne Tripplehorn) talk as they investigate the murder of a victim with the trademark handiwork of the UnSub ‘ÂThe Silencer,’Â who leaves behind victims with his unique trademark of sewing their mouths shut, on the eighth season premiere of CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, Sept. 26 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by Monty Brinton/CBS via Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES – APRIL 19: ‘The Replicator’ — The Replicator zeroes in on the BAU when the killer targets one of the team as the next victim on the eighth season finale of CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, May 22 (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Pictured: L-R: Thomas Gibson as Aaron Hotchner, Jayne Atkinson as Erin Strauss. (Photo by Robert Voets/CBS via Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES – APRIL 19: ‘The Replicator’ — The Replicator zeroes in on the BAU when the killer targets one of the team as the next victim on the eighth season finale of CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, May 22 (9:00-11:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Pictured: L-R: A.J. Cook as Jennifer ‘JJ’ Jareau, Joe Mantegna as David Rossi, Thomas Gibson as Aaron Hotchner. (Photo by Robert Voets/CBS via Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES – JULY 18: ‘ÂThe Inspiration’ Â -Â The hunt for a ritualistic killer targeting women takes the BAU to Arizona to search for an increasingly devolving UnSub on the ninth season premiere of CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, Sept. 25 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Pictured: Thomas Gibson as Aaron Hotchner. (Photo by Cliff Lipson/CBS via Getty Images)

CRIMINAL MINDS – ‘Criminal Minds’ stars Kirsten Vangsness as Penelope Garcia, Jeanne Tripplehorn as Alex Blake, Joe Mantegna as David Rossi, Thomas Gibson as Aaron Hotchner, Shemar Moore as Derek Morgan, Matthew Gray Gubler as Dr. Spencer Reid and A.J. Cook as Jennifer ‘JJ’ Jareau. (Cliff Lipson/ABC via Getty Images)

CRIMINAL MINDS – ‘Criminal Minds’ stars Thomas Gibson as Aaron Hotchner. (Cliff Lipson/ABC via Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES – AUGUST 19: ‘Final Shot’ – When a sniper strikes Dallas, the BAU investigates whether the upcoming anniversary of the Kennedy assassination is a motivating factor or if something else is driving the UnSub, on CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, Oct. 9 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Eva LaRue guest stars as FBI Agent Tanya Mays, who assists the BAU with the investigation. Pictured: Thomas Gibson as Aaron Hotchner. (Photo by Cliff Lipson/CBS via Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES – JULY 30: ‘The Inspired’ — As the BAU zeroes in on the suspect of the ritualistic killings they’ve been investigating in Arizona, a bizarre connection within the UnSub’s family could lead them to finally nab the suspect, on CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, Oct. 2 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network.Pictured: Joe Mantegna as David Rossi, Thomas Gibson as Aaron Hotchner. (Photo by Monty Brinton/CBS via Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES – AUGUST 22: ‘Route 66’Â – As Hotch fights for his life due to complications from his stabbing at the hands of George Foyet, a.k.a. ‘The Reaper,’Â he experiences visions of his late wife, Haley, and his nemesis, Foyet. Meanwhile, the BAU searches for a missing teenager and investigate her estranged father as a suspect in her disappearance, on CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, Oct. 23 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Pictured is Thomas Gibson as Aaron Hotchner. (Photo by Richard Foreman/CBS via Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES – JULY 11: ‘X’ — Kate Callahan (Jennifer Love Hewitt), a seasoned FBI undercover agent, joins the BAU team as their newest member when Hewitt joins the cast of CRIMINAL MINDS on its 10th season premiere, Wednesday, Oct. 1 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Pictured: Thomas Gibson as Aaron Hotchner. (Photo by Monty Brinton/CBS via Getty Images)

CRIMINAL MINDS – ‘Criminal Minds’ stars Jennifer Love Hewitt as Kate Callahan, Matthew Gray Gubler as Dr. Spencer Reid, Shemar Moore as Derek Morgan, Thomas Gibson as Aaron Hotchner, Joe Mantegna as David Rossi, Kirsten Vangsness as Penelope Garcia and A.J. Cook as Jennifer ‘JJ’ Jareau. (Photo by Cliff Lipson/ABC Studios via Getty Images)

CRIMINAL MINDS – ‘Criminal Minds’ stars Thomas Gibson as Aaron Hotchner. (Photo by Cliff Lipson/ABC Studios via Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES – OCTOBER 31: ‘If the Shoe Fits’ — The BAU is stumped to find the common denominator among male victims in Montana, making it difficult to profile the UnSub. Also, JJ must confront her feelings about her sister’s tragic death, CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, Nov. 5 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Pictured: Thomas Gibson as Aaron Hotchner, Shemar Moore as Derek Morgan, A.J. Cook as Jennifer ‘JJ’ Jareau, Matthew Gray Gubler as Dr. Spencer Reid. (Photo by CBS via Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES – JANUARY 9: ‘Lockdown’ — When two guards at a privatized maximum security prison in Texas are murdered, the BAU suspects that more than one UnSub within the prison could be at work, on CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, March 4 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Series star Thomas Gibson directed the episode. William Ragsdale (‘Justified,’ ‘Herman’s Head’) guest stars as prison captain Dale Shavers. Pictured: Matthew Gray Gubler as Dr. Spencer Reid, Thomas Gibson as Aaron Hotchner, Joe Mantegna as David Rossi, Robert Gant as Warden Miles Tate. (Photo by Darren MichaelsCBS via Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES – FEBRUARY 26: ‘Beyond Borders’ — When a family of four is abducted while on vacation in Barbados, the BAU is called to assist Unit Chief Jack Garrett (Sinise) and his International Unit on their investigation. Garrett and his unit, the FBI’s top division for handling cases involving Americans abroad, work jointly with Hotch and his team when they discover that this case matches one the BAU investigated last year in Florida, on CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, April 8 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Emmy Award winner Gary Sinise guest stars as International Unit Chief Jack Garrett; Emmy Award winner Anna Gunn guest stars as the International Unit’s law expert Lily Lambert. Pictured: Thomas Gibson as Aaron Hotchner, Joe Mantegna as David Rossi, Gary Sinise as Jack Garrett. (Photo by Trae Patton/CBS via Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES – AUGUST 10: ”Til Death Do Us Part’ — When brides-to-be in Savannah are killed on the eve of their nuptials, the BAU suspects a jilted UnSub is at work, on CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, Oct. 14 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Series star Joe Mantegna directed the episode. Pictured: Thomas Gibson as Aaron Hotchner. (Photo by CBS via Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES – FEBRUARY 16: ‘Tribute’ — When former BAU team member and current Interpol agent Emily Prentiss tracks an international serial killer, she enlists the help of her friends at the BAU after she is convinced the UnSub’s next victim is on American soil, on CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, March 30 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Paget Brewster returns to guest star in the episode as Emily Prentiss. Pictured: Thomas Gibson as Aaron Hotchner. (Photo by Cliff Lipson/CBS via Getty Images)

CRIMINAL MINDS – ‘Tribute’ — When former BAU team member and current Interpol agent Emily Prentiss tracks an international serial killer, she enlists the help of her friends at the BAU after she is convinced the UnSub’s next victim is on American soil, on CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, March 30 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by Cliff Lipson/ABC Studios via Getty Images)
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CRIMINAL MINDS – ‘The Storm’ – The BAU is shocked when SWAT apprehends Hotch (Thomas Gibson) and accuses him of conspiracy. As the team scrambles to prove his innocence, they suspect a larger plot is on the horizon, on CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday May 4, 9:00-10:00. (Photo by Darren Michaels/ABC Studios via Getty Images)
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CRIMINAL MINDS – ‘Tribute’ — When former BAU team member and current Interpol agent Emily Prentiss tracks an international serial killer, she enlists the help of her friends at the BAU after she is convinced the UnSub’s next victim is on American soil, on CRIMINAL MINDS, Wednesday, March 30 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by Cliff Lipson/ABC Studios via Getty Images)
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A spokesman for Guillod’s former company gave a statement, too:

“PWE has been in litigation with Ms. Cook for unpaid commissions since October 2018, and therefore cannot comment directly on her just filed countersuit. That said, PWE remains committed to our core values of respect and inclusion, with a zero-tolerance policy toward harassment or abuse of any kind, including the work we do with our clients. In November 2017, within 48 hours of learning the extent of the allegations against our former colleague Mr. Guillod, we parted ways with him, and other than matters of separation, have no business with him. We stand by the ethical business practices that have served us well for 13 years.”

Cook’s attorney offered the following: “She prides herself on, and has run her career in a manner consistent with, supporting female empowerment issues and women’s rights. She is at risk of losing credibility in her brand if people presume that she knowingly made a person accused of multiple rapes and/or sexual assaults the representative of her and her brand.”

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‘Criminal Minds’ Star AJ Cook Sues Ex-Manager David Guillod for Hiding Sexual Assault Accusations (Exclusive) – TheWrap

“Criminal Minds” star A.J. Cook is suing her former manager, David Guillod, for not disclosing that he faced multiple sexual assault accusations — and says he should repay money he earned from her and other actresses, including Gina Rodriguez, Kristin Chenoweth and Paula Patton.

The lawsuit, which was filed late Monday and seeks $1.6 million for Cook, argues that Guillod’s concealment of his “sexual predator” past could have harmed her image and reputation as a strong advocate for women. The lawsuit lists several previously unreported allegations against Guillod, and accuses him of scheming with Cook’s previous lawyer to overcharge her for his services.

Stories of morality clauses for actors are nearly as old as Hollywood. But Cook’s lawsuit is a rare attempt to hold a manager responsible for personal accusations that might reflect poorly on his famous clients.

In a statement, a representative for Guillod accused Cook of trying to “piggyback” on the #MeToo movement to get out of paying her debts. Guillod has denied any wrongdoing since TheWrap first reported on four sexual assault accusations against him in November 2017.

“This frivolous lawsuit is a reaction to two lawsuits filed against A.J. Cook and her attempt to distract from her own financial liability,” the statement said. “Mr. Guillod has represented Cook for over 20 years and together made her a household name. She has now elected in her own greed and self servicing manner to piggyback on a very important movement in an effort to circumvent her paying commissions owed. As Ms. Cook has no claims against Mr. Guillod she has elected to revisit unfounded claims made again him. No criminal or civil charges have ever been brought against Guillod.”

Cook’s attorney, Michael J. Saltz, said: “Mr. Guillod’s victims will soon be testifying in this matter. As it is our intent to prove that the claims against Mr. Guillod are both disturbing and true, and that Mr. Guillod’s failure to disclose this information to Ms. Cook is both illegal and inexcusable.”

ACTRESSES EXIT

Cook’s case is a countersuit in response to Guillod’s former company, Primary Wave Entertainment, suing her in October 2018 for at least $333,000 in unpaid commissions. She said she stopped paying the company when she fired Primary Wave because of the accusations against Guillod.

Cook was one of several women — including Rodriguez, Chenoweth and Patton — who exited Primary Wave after the TheWrap reported multiple accusations of misconduct against him in November 2017.

Though Rodriguez, Chenoweth and Patton could all be called as witnesses in the case, none are parties to the lawsuit, and it does not specify what damages they could receive.

TheWrap first reported on Nov. 2, 2017, that “Ted” actress Jessica Barth accused Guillod of sexually assaulting her in 2012. Two days later — on Nov. 4 — Cook texted Guillod, according to a screenshot his rep provided to TheWrap.

“Thinking of you,” said the text. “Hang in there.”

Later that day, Guillod resigned as co-CEO of Primary Wave.

A few days later, Cook was still thinking of Guillod — but now she was thinking of firing him. She left Primary Wave on Nov. 9, 2017. Rodriguez had exited by then, too.

On Nov. 10, 2017, TheWrap published another story detailing more accusations — that Guillod raped a former assistant on a company retreat in 2014 and sexually assaulted two other women at his home in Los Feliz in 2015. Only Barth’s name has been publicly released.

Over the next few days, news broke that Chenoweth and Patton were also exiting Primary Wave.

NEW ACCUSATIONS: A 15-YEAR-OLD, A HOLE IN THE SCRIPT

Besides recounting the four previous accusations, Cook’s lawsuit includes several new ones. No names or dates are provided, but the lawsuit alleges that:

• One unnamed “very famous child actor” fired Guillod for making sexual comments to her when she was 15 and he worked at Handprint Entertainment. (He exited the company in 2002.)

• Guillod once exposed himself to an unnamed female client by poking his penis through a hole in a script when he worked at United Talent Agency. (He left UTA in 2009.)

• Guillod sexually harassed women at Handprint, UTA, Paradigm Talent Agency (which he left in 2011) and his own company, Intellectual Artists Management.

Intellectual became part of Primary Wave Entertainment in a 2015 merger. Cook’s lawsuit names PWE as well as Guillod as defendants.

“PWE has been in litigation with Ms. Cook for unpaid commissions since October 2018, and therefore cannot comment directly on her just filed countersuit,” the company said in a statement. “That said, PWE remains committed to our core values of respect and inclusion, with a zero-tolerance policy toward harassment or abuse of any kind, including the work we do with our clients. In November 2017, within 48 hours of learning the extent of the allegations against our former colleague Mr. Guillod, we parted ways with him, and other than matters of separation, have no business with him. We stand by the ethical business practices that have served us well for 13 years.”

Cook’s attorney said that Guillod’s failure to disclose the accusations to Cook could have damaged her reputation and career.

“She prides herself on, and has run her career in a manner consistent with, supporting female empowerment issues and women’s rights,” said Saltz, of the firm Jacobson, Russell, Saltz, Nassim and De La Torre. “She is at risk of losing credibility in her brand if people presume that she knowingly made a person accused of multiple rapes and/or sexual assaults the representative of her and her brand.”

‘CRIMINAL MINDS’

In its October 2018 lawsuit, Primary Wave accused Cook of breach of contract. The other litigation referenced in the Guillod statement on Tuesday was between Cook and attorney Neil Meyer, who sued her in August 2018.

“Mr. Guillod forced A.J. Cook to bring all of her claims against him by orchestrating the filing of two frivolous lawsuits based upon oral contracts that are unenforceable as a matter of law,” Saltz said. “As such, Mr. Guillod should not be surprised that Ms. Cook is defending herself in Court and pursuing her affirmative claims after Mr. Guillod’s attempt to illegally pressure Ms. Cook into paying moneys she does not owe backfired.”

Cook said she hired Meyer as her attorney in 2013, at Guillod’s recommendation. Meyer represented her in negotiations with ABC Studios, which produces “Criminal Minds.”

Cook contends that Meyer and his firm, Meyer & Downs, raised its fee from 2.5 percent per episode of “Criminal Minds” to 5 percent without her agreement, and that Guillod, as her manager, arranged for the increased payments to be made to Meyer & Downs without her consent.

Cook said that when she decided to leave Primary Wave because of the accusations against Guillod, Meyer urged her not to go.

“A.J. was appalled that Meyer… could even suggest that A.J. continue to employ someone accused of raping multiple women and committing sexual assaults and to otherwise have her name and brand sullied by such an affiliation with Guillod and the company that knowingly employed such a person,” the suit said, referring to Primary Wave.

She said that after she left Guillod, she learned of what she called excess payments that he had authorized to Meyer. She then stopped paying both Meyer and Primary Wave. She contends that Guillod and Primary Wave then met with Meyer to provide confidential information about Cook and encourage Meyer to file a “frivolous lawsuit” against her.

“It is my policy not to comment on ongoing litigation,” Meyer told TheWrap on Tuesday.

Cook said Primary Wave also publicly disclosed confidential terms of her contracts with ABC Studios to harass and embarrass her.

Cook’s lawsuit argues that Guillod and Primary Wave “have collected commissions from their female clients under false pretenses and in violation of their fiduciary duties… and should therefore be forced to disgorge all of their ill-gotten gains and make restitution back to their female clients.”

Cook’s lawsuit alleges breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, intentional concealment of material facts and unjust enrichment.

The Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the 2014 accusation from the retreat, a spokeswoman for the office said Tuesday. The investigation has been open for more than a year.

Accusations against Guillod are also under review by the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office, but representatives for the office have declined to say what accusations are being investigated.

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Five Times Criminal Minds Made News with Off-Camera Drama – TVOvermind

Right now it sounds like Criminal minds is going to be wrapping up after its 15th season and while fans might be boo-hooing into their TV sets as of now it’s still something that’s going to happen. Apparently there’s been a good deal of drama behind the scenes as well as on screen and whether that’s a part of why it’s finally drawing down to an end or not the fact is that there have been a few issues along the long and winding road that have been settled over the years but never fully forgotten. From the act of someone kicking someone else to the idea that someone was so dissatisfied with the work that they felt the need to openly speak out against the show the actors have ridden over a lot of speed bumps during the years in order to get to where they’re at now. Few shows are ever entirely perfect when it comes to what happens behind the scenes, but Criminal Minds seems to have sparked a few issues that didn’t really get handled in the most professional way at times.

Here are a few bits of drama that might have been why we won’t be seeing this show any longer after season 15.

5. Mandy Patinkin just up and left.

Yeah, good old Jason Gideon, the lead of the show, decided to take off and not tell anyone that they’d have to cast someone in his place. There might have been a reason he left and it could have even been the diss that led him to state that he didn’t know that the show was going to delve into the dark subjects that it did, but the respectful thing to do most times is to give some sort of notice. Unless a person just drops off the map and stops speaking to anyone, which Patinkin didn’t, it’s considered to be rather unprofessional to just take a powder like this and ‘forget’ to tell anyone. A lot of us would lose our jobs if we did this without fail.

4. Gibson got the boot.

Hotchner (Gibson) was actually a big part of the show at one point and after his departure in 2012, well, in all honesty he got booted, it was something of a question as to who was going to replace him. His replacement only lasted one season and it doesn’t to appear have been something that memorable. But the whole reason he got the boot is because he gave the boot to one of the people that actors should either steer clear of or at least be respectable towards, the writers. There are a lot of immutable truths in show business, and one is that the actors are the face of the franchise and the ones that get people interested. But unless the actors want to do all the writing themselves they should probably show some respect to the people coming up with their material.

3. A petition actually worked.

A.J. was actually let go from the show while Paget Brewster’s role was noticeably lessened, a fact that fans didn’t like in the least. So they came up with a petition to bring A.J. back and increase Paget’s role once again and it actually worked. Why this would work when so many other petitions seemed unlikely throughout the years though is kind of amusing to think about since a lot of networks don’t just cave like this. That kind of makes one think that there might be something else to this story that isn’t being revealed either because it’s highly embarrassing or because it was just swept under the rug, or both.

2. Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders kind of went a little beyond.

This version of the show went overseas and showed the efforts of the team to find and protect Americans from those in other countries that were trying to harm them. This sent a very bad image in two ways unfortunately. One is that Americans are always bound to be the good guys or the helpless people that need assistance. The second is that those that are natives to said countries are going to be the villains, which is the kind of propaganda that was used decades ago and doesn’t really need to be rehashed since things in this era are already at a boiling point with the USA’s relationship with more than one country around the world.

1. The director of photography had a strange kind of immunity to legal action.

It’s usually tough to prove that someone is really toxic when those that have been fired or resigned from their positions are doing the talking. But one or two might be easy to ignore, a few more might be a conspiracy, but given that Greg St. Johns has been called toxic and guilty of groping people, threatening them, and firing them if they complained seems to be more than empty rhetoric. Unless it’s a vast conspiracy against one man that most people don’t know about then there might be a shred of truth at least.

Some shows don’t have that many dark secrets, but almost all of them have at least one.

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'Criminal Minds' actor in WNC for horror movie filming in Brevard – WLOS

Daytime Emmy winner Bill Oberst Jr. of "Criminal Minds" is in WNC shooting "The Good Things Devils Do."

Actor Kane Hodder–horror villain Jason in three of the "Friday the 13th" movies–also appears, and the two were on set together Friday.

The movie has been shooting in Brevard since January and will shoot through February 15. Representatives say more than 60 local extras will appear.

Director of photography James Suttles says "The Good Things Devils Do" is the third movie he has produced in Transylvania County, and he loves how welcoming the community is to his productions.

"With the small-town nature of Brevard, it just makes it fun and easy to bring projects here, and everyone we bring in, from the cast to the crew, love the experience every time," Suttles said in a press release.

Executive producer Tamara Hopkins is also the executive director of the Transylvania County Arts Council. This is the fourth time she has worked with James Suttles and his crew.

"We worked together to produce the Steve Martin and Steep Canyon Rangers music video ‘The Strangest Christmas Yet,’ and this will be our third film," Hopkins says.

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Horror actress Linnea Quigley of "The Return of the Living Dead" is also in the movie.

Suttles’ other movies include "The Righteous" with Eric Roberts and "Seven Days Till Midnight" with R. Keith Harris and Tyler Chase, both of whom appeared in "The Walking Dead."

View "The Good Things Devils Do" on the Internet Movie Database here.

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