November 24, 2017

One Tree Hill Cast & Crew Accuse Showrunner of Sexual Harassment

14 November 2017, 07:48 | Elsie Buchanan

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At the time of writing, Schwahn representatives haven't responded to any news outlets request for comment from what we can see.

The letter comes on behalf of former writer Audrey Wauchope, who described the trauma the female crew had to endure at the hands of Schwahn.

So far, 18 women who worked on the long-running teen drama - including principal cast members Sophia Bush, Hilarie Burton, and Bethany Joy Lenz - have come forward to not only publicly support Wauchope but also to shed light on Schwahn's behavior, which they claim was an "open secret" on set. The group wrote that they "have chosen this forum to stand together in support of Audrey Wauchope and one another" following statements in which Wauchope accused Schwahn of harassment without naming him.

In a candid letter published by Variety on Monday, the women allege that many of them were were "manipulated psychologically and emotionally" by the showrunner. 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.

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There is only ONE Tree Hill and we are all more than one showrunner; we are a supportive community of fans and cast members.

'Many of us were spoken to in ways that ran the spectrum from deeply upsetting, to traumatizing, to downright illegal. "Furthermore, a couple of us were placed in positions where we felt physically hazardous".

The women were told during the shooting of "One Tree..." that coming forward to talk about this culture would result in the show's cancellation and many people would lose their jobs.

Both Burton and Bush have also expressed their personal support to Wauchope, taking it to their respective Twitter accounts to back up the story.

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Schwahn made and officially created One Tree Hill - an arrangement that kept running for eight arrangement in the vicinity of 2003 and 2012 - and in addition The Royals. Not only were they subjected to this kind of working environment, they were left feeling trapped with no other choice but to grit their teeth believing that speaking out will cut their careers short.

Schwahn now acts as showrunner for The Royals. "I want you to know that I love you and I support you".

The statement is signed by cast members Sophia Bush, Hilarie Burton, Bethany Joy Lenz, Danneel Harris, Michaela McManus, Kate Voegele, Daphne Zuniga, India DeBeaufort, Bevin Prince, Jana Kramer, Shantel Van Santen, and Allison Munn as well as crew members Wauchope, Specter, Jane Beck, Tarin Squillante, Cristy Koebley, JoJo Stephens.

"So numerous individuals that made One Tree Hill, cast and crew, embody the virtues of the story we were trying to tell", he continued. He is now working on The Royals, and in a statement on Monday, the companies behind that series (E!, Universal Cable Productions, and Lionsgate Television) said, "We are monitoring the information carefully".

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We are incredible proud of these courageous ladies for finding the strength to speak out against this injustice.

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