Many within the solid and crew of the previous CW present “One Tree Hill” have stepped as much as help one of many present’s writers after she accused showrunner and creator Mark Schwahn of previous sexual harassment.
Over the weekend, author Audrey Wauchope, tweeted that Schwahn harassed her in a lot of methods when she labored on the present, which ran from 2003 to 2012, together with undesirable touching.
“He pet hair, he massaged shoulders,” she wrote.
In response to that accusation, the feminine solid of the present, together with stars Sophia Bush, Danneel Harris, Jana Kramer and Hilarie Burton, together with feminine crew members, launched a unified assertion to ABC News.
“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. To use terminology that has become familiar as the systemic reality of sexual harassment and assault has come more and more to light, Mark Schwahn’s behavior over the duration of the filming of One Tree Hill was something of an ‘open secret,'” the letter reads.
It continued, “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 … And a few of us were put in positions where we felt physically unsafe. More than one woman on our show had her career trajectory threatened.”
The letter goes on to say the ladies protected one another on set from Schwahn’s alleged habits, even organising “safe spaces to talk about his behavior and how to handle it. To warn new women who joined our ranks.”
“Many of us were told, during filming, 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,” it continued.
A rep for Schwahn advised ABC News, “Mark is speaking with his attorney and will decide soon if he is making a statement.”
E!, the community that presently hosts Schwahn’s present “The Royals,” additionally launched a press release, writing, “We are monitoring the information carefully. E!, Universal Cable Productions and Lionsgate Television are committed to providing a safe working environment in which everyone is treated respectfully and professionally.”
The CW, which aired “One Tree Hill” from 2006 to 2012, didn’t instantly return ABC News’ request for remark.
Some males who starred on the present have additionally spoken out in help of the ladies, together with Chad Michael Murray and James Lafferty, the principle male leads.
Murray posted a letter on Twitter, writing, “I stand with all the (sic) those who have suffered & pray that this evil will meet its demise in the strength of this movement. OTH Women — I’m so dang proud of you.”
Lafferty additionally took to Twitter to publish a full assertion on how he applauds “every woman on OTH … who stands up to a system that has failed them.”
Some different actors on the present have additionally taken to social media to help their fellow co-stars.
I need to acknowledge the ladies of OTH who’ve penned their letter with deep wounds from a tradition unacceptable for anybody, at any age, and in any enterprise.
I’ve the utmost respect of your place in righting the wrongs you will have endured. I stand for you, for higher…
— Stephen Colletti (@StephenColletti) November 14, 2017
Shocked and saddened to listen to what the ladies of OTH needed to endure. I’m happy with them for talking up. I help them absolutely. And I hope that their braveness to inform the reality, will assist put an finish to the pervasive tradition of harassment within the work place. There’s no place for it.
— Bryan Greenberg (@bryangreenberg) November 14, 2017
Wauchope wrote on Twitter at present that she’s “completely humbled by the unwavering support of the women of One Tree Hill. It turns out my story was a catalyst for others and I stand by them as they continue to speak.”
I am utterly humbled by the unwavering help of the ladies of One Tree Hill. It seems my story was a catalyst for others and I stand by them as they proceed to talk. https://t.co/T9T7p3L45D
— Audrey Wauchope (@audreyalison) November 14, 2017