'One Tree Hill' showrunner Mark Schwahn is accused of sexual harassment

18 'One Tree Hill' Cast And Crew Members Accuse Mark Schwahn Of Sexual Harassment

Sophia Bush and One Tree Hill cast and crew accuse showrunner Mark Schwahn of sexual harassment

"Mark Schwahn's behavior over the duration of the filming of One Tree Hill was something of an 'open secret.' Many of us were, to varying degrees, manipulated psychologically and emotionally".

According to the allegations, One Tree Hill's cast and crew put on Schwahn, he harassed them during The CW TV show aired from 2003 to 2012.

Two days after those online networking posts, One Tree Hill performing artists Sophia Bush, Hilarie Burton, and Bethany Joy Lenz, alongside numerous others, posted a joint letter blaming the showrunner for provocation. "Many of us were put in uncomfortable positions and had to swiftly learn to fight back, sometimes physically, because it was made clear to us that the supervisors in the room were not the protectors they were supposed to be", the letter read. "More than one lady on our show had her vocation direction undermined".

E!, the network that now hosts Schwahn's show "The Royals", also released a statement, writing, "We are monitoring the information carefully".

They said that they leaned on each other when they couldn't take the matter further, and that they stayed silent because they were anxious the show would be cancelled if anything got out.

"E!, Universal Cable Productions and Lionsgate Television are committed to providing a safe working environment in which everyone is treated respectfully and professionally".

"All of the female cast members of One Tree Hill have chosen this forum to stand together in support of Audrey Wauchope and one another. Today they've made us all even more proud by standing as a beacon of what is right, and continuing to lead & change the atmosphere of society", Murray wrote on Twitter, while Robert Buckley said, "To the women of OTH that have come forward and bravely used their voices, I want you to know I believe you, I respect you and I support you".

In the series of tweets Wauchope wrote: "I'm furious and sad and everything else for the women who have sat on that couch next to that man". Wauchope did not name Schwahn, but she identified the abuser as the first showrunner she worked for as a full-time writer. Often men would help out by sitting next to him, thus protecting the women", Wauchope tweeted before adding, "he'd just squeeze his disgusting body in between us and put his arms around us, grinning.

"He pet hair. He massaged shoulders", Wauchope wrote.

The Weinstein scandal continues to make a ripple effect in the industry as more actresses and actors are speaking up about the harassment they've sustained in their careers.

The letter goes on to say the female staff had to find spaces to confide in one another and warn new women who joined the staff.

"We understood that a lot of it was orchestrated in ways that kept it out of sight for the studio back home", the letter said, alluding to the fact that the series was shot in North Carolina. "We also understood that no one was fully unaware [of what was happening on the set]", they continued.

Latest News