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Reports of an on-set scuffle between Isaiah Washington and Patrick Dempsey made headlines across the country. So what really happened?

"I lost my cool but it wasn't coming out of a place of animus for Patrick or T.R. or anyone. It was coming out of a place of trying to stay focused about the work," Isaiah says. "I've been working with these beautiful men for three years now and we had an argument as brothers. It came about at a time and a place that was overwhelming for both of us."

Despite what reports said, Isaiah says the argument was just that. "What it was not, was a brawl," he says. Isaiah says his reaction was below his personal standards and has apologized to the cast and crew.

When the argument broke out, James called a meeting to clear the air, as any good chief would. "We're a family. ... With families you have a beef. It was a beef, no more, no less," James says. "We got a chance to go ahead and air some stuff. It was done, and we went back to work."

Patrick says he thinks a lot of good came out of the argument. "I think what happens is we needed to just be open and be able to communicate and not let things build up," Patrick says. "I think we've come to that point where it's much freer to communicate with each other, and we're more relaxed because of it. I think the whole company's tighter."
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FROM: On Location: Oprah on the Set of Grey's Anatomy
Published on November 17, 2006

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