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'Criminal Minds' Staffer Files Sexual Harassment Lawsuit Against CBS and Warner Bros.

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By Daniel Goldblatt

A staffer on the hit CBS show "Criminal Minds" has filed a sexual harassment lawsuit claiming he was subjected to numerous harassing incidents at the hands of a senior staffer who was the subject of an investigation into his behavior last year.

According to court documents obtained by The Blast, a man named Todd Durboraw claims he began working for the show in April 2011 as a "2nd Assistant Camera."

He claims he worked under a man named Greg St. Johns, who was the Director of Photography.

Durboraw claims that on numerous occasions throughout his employment, St. John's touched his body sexually, including touching his "sexual organ, anus, groin, and/or buttocks." He also claims St. John's would touch/rub his earlobes and, on occasion would put his head on Durboraw's shoulders.

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Durboraw also claims, on at least one occasion, St. Johns came up behind him while he was squatting down and touched his groin and buttocks with his foot.

He also claims on other occasions, St. Johns would "grab and flick" his nipples.

Durboraw estimates St. Johns touched him "in a sexually harassing manner" about two or three times a week during his employment.

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Durboraw claims that St. Johns' behavior was not just limited to him. He claims to have witnessed an incident where he claims St. Johns pulled down a subordinate's pants. Durboraw claims that an employee was later fired for reporting the incident.

He claims other employees were also fired in retaliation for complaining about St. Johns' alleged behavior.

Durboraw alleges that St. Johns' supervisor knew of his alleged misconduct and did nothing.

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In his lawsuit, Durboraw also claims that he was denied promotions as a result of complaining about St. Johns' alleged behavior. He also believes that other employees, who accepted his behavior, were given promotions and other benefits.

As a result of St. Johns' alleged behavior, Durboraw claims he suffered severe emotional distress, which also manifested physically in the form of hives.

Durboraw is suing CBS, ABC Studios, Warner Bros. and St. Johns personally for discrimination, sexual harassment, retaliation, assault, battery, and sexual battery.

He is seeking unspecified damages.

The Blast reached out CBS for comment but they have yet to respond.

In October 2018, Variety published a lengthy report in which they interviewed 19 former or current “Criminal Minds” staffers who described how St. Johns created a toxic work environment by “grouping male staffers, threatening them physically, and firing anyone who complained.”

Several crew members claim they reported his behavior to senior management, but no one took any steps to end or address St. Johns' abuse.

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