Chicago P.D. actor Jason Beghe was investigated by NBC last year over claims he bullied his colleagues on the show’s cast and crew.
‘People felt disrespected, he yelled a tremendous amount, he had a quick fuse and when it was set off, it was unpleasant for everyone around him,’ insider told Variety of the 57-year-old actor.
Numerous people affiliated the with program complained about the behavior of Beghe, a New York native, citing a penchant for remarks that offended his peers, the outlet reported.
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Mercurial: Chicago P.D. actor Jason Beghe, 57, was investigated by NBC human resources last year amid claims he was a bully toward colleagues on the TV program
According to Deadline, an insider noted that some actors were physically injured amid stunts and conflicts with the actor.
Beghe’s misbehavior also factored into actress Sophia Bush’s decision to leave the show, a source told Variety.
NBCUniversal human resources was apprised of the situation and documented it in his employee file while furbishing the actor, who plays Hank Voight on the show, with an anger management coach.
‘The environment has improved drastically,’ insiders told Variety, noting that Beghe has shown ‘significant improvement’ in his conduct, with no complaints over his behavior over the last six months.
Coming clean: The entertainer admitted he’s ‘been hurtful to [his] friends and colleagues’ in the past
On the upswing? No one on the set has reported Beghe for bad behavior in six months, sources told Variety
Beghe said in a statement he’s ‘deeply sorry’ for his mercurial behavior, acknowledging he’s ‘been hurtful to [his] friends and colleagues.’
He continued: ‘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.
Veteran: Beghe has appeared in a number of TV shows and films over three decades, including the 1991 Oscar-winner, Thelma and Louise (with Geena Davis)
Untold story? Sources told Variety that Beghe’s misbehavior also factored into actress Sophia Bush’s decision to leave the show. Bush was snapped in LA last week
‘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.’
NBC issued a statement with the companies that producing the show, Universal Television and Wolf Entertainment, indicating they ‘promptly began an investigation’ when they were apprised of the situation, have ‘already taken action,’ and ‘continue to monitor very closely to ensure all of our employees feel safe and supported.’