Thomas Gibson Catfish Video: Actor Snared By Twitter "Fan," Responds From Hot Tub

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Criminal Minds' Thomas Gibson was apparently the victim of a Catfishing prank ... which came to light after the actor sent back an epically embarrassing video.

From his hot tub.

The story behind the video obtained by TMZ goes like this:

A woman from North Dakota contacted Thomas Gibson on Twitter in 2011, using a racy photo she took from an adult site and saying she was a big fan.

She proceeded to carry on a two-year "relationship "with Gibson, exchanging multiple explicit pics and videos, most of which she ganked from porn sites.

The Catfish plot worked, as the actor was smitten.

He filmed the "risky" video above last Christmas in Utah, and words can't really do justice to how awkward it is ... and we don't mean the blue lighting.

Thomas Gibson, 51, is married with three children. He references his family, who he was on vacation with, at multiple points in the video in fact.

A few months ago, the Catfishing came to a halt, as the perpetrator received a letter from the Criminal Minds star's lawyers demanding she cut off contact.

He apparently discovered that the pictures she was sending him were fake and suspected that he was being pranked. Well deduced, but too late.

It's unclear if the woman simply sent the video to TMZ to humiliate him for fun or it was obtained another way, but she won't reveal her real name or face.

Maybe Gibson can commiserate with Manti Te'o?

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