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Simon Cowell Reportedly Beefs Up Legal Team Amid 'America's Got Talent' Investigation

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Simon Cowell attends the "America's Got Talent" Season 14 Finale red carpet at Dolby Theatre on Sept. 18, 2019 in Hollywood, Calif. 

The move follows Gabrielle Union's dismissal from her position as judge on the competition series after making a comment about the show's "toxic culture."

In the wake of Gabrielle Union's exit as a judge on America's Got Talent, in which she cited a "toxic culture," Simon Cowell has reportedly beefed up his legal team.   

The report of the increased legal team occurred Saturday (Dec. 7).  

The Hollywood Reporter was not immediately able to contact Cowell's legal reps for more information on this specific situation.   

Union was dismissed from her position as judge after one season on the competition series when she made a comment about the show's "toxic culture." She had reportedly asked for offensive jokes from show guest Jay Leno to be reported to the Human Resources department, but this request had not been fulfilled by those in higher positions of power.

Following her exit, SAG-AFTRA launched an investigation into her departure from the NBC competition series. Woman's advocacy group Time's Up has put their support behind the actress, in addition to a number of Hollywood actresses including Patricia Arquette and Ellen Pompeo. 

During the backlash over her departure, Union met with NBC to discuss the incident. She tweeted on Wednesday, "I was able to, again, express my unfiltered truth. I led with transparency and my desire and hope for real change."

This article originally appeared on The Hollywood Reporter.


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