Chicago P.D. star Jason Beghe investigated for 'inappropriate behavior on set'
It looks like Sgt. Voight might not be the only one in hot water on Chicago P.D. right now. His portrayer, Jason Beghe, was recently under investigation for “inappropriate behavior” on set.
NBC reportedly launched an investigation into the actor last year after several complaints of “volatile behavior” and “offensive comments,” according to Variety.
“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,” NBC, UTV, and Wolf Entertainment said in a statement to EW. “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.”
According to Variety, Beghe now has a coach to help with his anger management issues, and no new complaints have been filed in six months.
Beghe acknowledged having problems with anger management in a statement released to Variety. “I am deeply sorry for my behavior, which I know has been hurtful to my friends and colleagues,” he said. “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.”
Variety‘s source claims Beghe’s behavior may have been a factor in Sophia Bush’s departure from the series at the end of the fourth season, though a rep for Bush has yet to respond to EW’s request for comment. While Bush has said very little about the decision to leave the show, she noted on Instagram last month, “Took me a long time and a lot of hard work to get out of that show. Please don’t demean my capabilities by degrading my position. I left because I wanted to. End of story.”
Chicago P.D. airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET on NBC.