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

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

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

The Hollywood Reporter on Saturday confirmed that Los Angeles-based lawyer Larry Stein is representing Cowell. 

Union was dismissed from her position as judge after one season on the reality competition series when she made a comment about the show's "toxic culture." In her complaint, 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 Union's exit, which prompted backlash on social media and concern over the show's treatment of people of color, SAG-AFTRA launched an investigation into the actress' departure from the series. Women's advocacy group Time's Up has put its support behind Union, as have a number of Hollywood actresses including Patricia Arquette and Ellen Pompeo. 

In the wake of the controversy over Union's departure, she has since met with NBC to discuss the incident. Union on Wednesday tweeted, "I was able to, again, express my unfiltered truth. I led with transparency and my desire and hope for real change."