More information is finally starting to come to light about Sophia Bush’s departure from Chicago PD, and some of it may have had to do with Jason Beghe.
According to a new report from Variety, Beghe has dealt with a number of anger issues while on the set of the NBC show, where he plays the character of Hank Voight. Following numerous complaints about his behavior an investigation started, one that eventually led to the actor being assigned a coach in order to help with some of his problems. These issues were apparently a reason in Bush (who played Erin Lindsay) opting to depart after four season.
In a statement on the matter, representatives for NBC, Universal Television and Wolf Entertainment had the following to say:
“When it was brought to our attention that there were concerns about inappropriate behavior on set, we promptly began an investigation in partnership with Human Resources and all parties involved … As a result of the investigation, we have already taken action, and it is a situation we continue to monitor very closely to ensure all of our employees feel safe and supported.”
Meanwhile, Beghe issued his own statement apologizing for some of his behavior:
“I am deeply sorry for my behavior, which I know has been hurtful to my friends and colleagues. I have struggled with anger issues for some time, and over the past year, I have been working with a coach to help me learn how to mitigate my temper. It’s an ongoing process, and it has been a humbling one. It is a source of great pride for me to be part of Chicago P.D.’s incredible cast and crew. I have personally apologized to anyone who I have upset, and I am committed to doing what is necessary to make up any damage that I may have caused.”
This isn’t one of those situations where we feel that quite a bit of deeper analysis is necessary. There are long hours on some of these shows and a comfortable work environment is essential for everyone to be their best. We also imagine that it may be even more challenging given that Beghe’s own character on the show has a history of anger and outbursts. The reports that are even more troubling are the ones coming out via Deadline that suggest there was sexual harassment that took place in some form in the past; that was not addressed in either the statement by NBC or by Beghe.
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