'One Tree Hill' team accuses creator Mark Schwahn of sexual harassment

Angelo Anderson
November 14, 2017

She detailed inappropriate things he allegedly said he would do while Audrey and her writing partner, Rachel Specter, were working on the show - she said that they were told female writers were hired due to their looks, and she said in meetings the female writers would avoid sitting near the showrunner "as not to be touched". The 18 men and women involved in the accusation make it clear that it was his traumatizing acts that led them to speak out in light of the times. "More than one of us is still in treatment for post-traumatic stress", the letter said. The letter claimed that these women felt they needed to be able to physically fight back against Schwahn's alleged advances when supervisors allegedly "were not the protectors they were supposed to be", and that they claims they unsafe in his presence.

"We want Tree Hill to remain the place "where everything's better and everything's safe" for our fans; some of whom have said that the show quite literally saved their lives", the letter reads.

Beginning affirmations were made by Audrey Wauchope, one of the show's authors, who depicted her association with Schwahn on Twitter.

Norris noted that the ladies of the show are "more than capable of speaking for themselves", and added, "These are not my stories to tell, but I wanted to voice my complete support of them".

Schwahn wrote and directed the series and worked as the showrunner for its eight-season run. To say we were excited was an understatement.

Kramer has spoken out about facing sexual harassment in the entertainment previously when she revealed that a former agent nearly made her quit show business until her mom reassured that she should fight for what she loves rather than have it ruined by some appalling actions.

In an unprecedented show of unity on a television series or movie, almost all of the show's core cast-as well as some crew members-have shown support for the female cast and crew after the letter was published.

"Many of us were, to varying degrees, manipulated psychologically and emotionally". Unfortunately, they were unable to be more vocal in chastising him during the time that the show is still filming because they were told that "coming forward to talk about this culture would result in our show being canceled and hundreds of lovely, qualified, hard-working, and talented people losing their jobs", something that they were not willing to risk. But the reality is, no space is safe when it has an underlying and infectious cancer. We have worked at taking our power back, making the conventions our own, and relishing in the good memories. So far there is no statement from Mark.

They conclude: "We are all deeply grateful for Audrey's courage".

Since the letter's release, male cast members have commented to show their support.

In addition to Burton, Bush and Lenz, actresses Danneel Harris, Michaela McManus, Kate Voegele, Daphne Zuniga, India DeBeaufort, Bevin Prince, country star Jana Kramer, Shantel Van Santen, Allison Munn have all signed their names along with and the "brave crew" which included Wauchope and Rachel Specter.

Actor Robert Buckley, who played Clay Evans, wrote: "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". This report comes to us from Variety.

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