Bethany Joy Galeotti, Shantel Van Santen and Sophia Bush pose at The CW’s presentation of ‘An Evening with One Tree Hill’ in 2011.(Photo: Kevin Winter, Getty Images)

Sophia Bush, Hilarie Burton and the feminine solid of One Tree Hill joined with the present’s crew to put in writing a letter accusing former showrunner Mark Schwahn of “traumatizing” badual harbadment on the set of the favored TV drama.

The letter was penned in help of former Tree Hill author Audrey Wauchope, who detailed in a collection of weekend tweets the remedy feminine crew endured on the present which aired on WB from 2003 to 2006, and on the CW from 2006 to 2012. 

Schwahn created the collection and was overseeing showrunner for its eight-season run.

“All of the feminine solid members of One Tree Hill have chosen this discussion board to face collectively in help of Audrey Wauchope and each other,” stated the letter revealed within the leisure commerce publication Variety.

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The letter acknowledged that Schwahn’s alleged persistent conduct on the present was an “open secret.”

“Many of us have been, to various levels, manipulated psychologically and emotionally. More than one in all us continues to be in remedy for post-traumatic stress. Many of us have been put in uncomfortable positions and needed to swiftly be taught to battle again, generally bodily, as a result of it was made clear to us that the supervisors within the room weren’t the protectors they have been alleged to be. Many of us have been spoken to in ways in which ran the spectrum from deeply upsetting, to traumatizing, to downright unlawful. And a number of of us have been put in positions the place we felt bodily unsafe. More than one girl on our present had her profession trajectory threatened.”


Much of the alleged offending conduct was completed in a approach that was it was saved from the studio. 

“We additionally understood that nobody was totally unaware,” the letter continued. “The lack of motion that has been routine, the turning of the opposite cheek, is insupportable. We collectively wish to echo the calls of ladies all over the place that vehemently demand change, in all industries.”

The solid and crew had saved silent till now to guard the present’s legacy.

“We need Tree Hill to stay the place ‘the place every part’s higher and every part’s secure’ for our followers; a few of whom have stated that the present fairly actually saved their lives. But the fact is, no area is secure when it has an underlying and infectious most cancers. We have labored at taking our energy again, making the conventions our personal, and relishing within the good recollections. But there’s extra work to be completed.”

The letter was signed by a complete of 18 solid and crew together with Bush, Burton, Bethany Joy Lenz, Danneel Harris, Michaela McManus, Kate Voegele, Daphne Zuniga, India DeBeaufort, Bevin Prince, Jana Kramer, Shantel Van Santen, Allison Munn and the “courageous crew” which included Wauchope and Rachel Specter.

In her Nov. 11 tweets, Wauchope mentioned getting a job along with her writing companion Specter on Tree Hill. 

“To say we have been excited was an understatement. To say we left that job demoralized and confused can be an understatement,” Wauchope tweeted.

Without naming Schwahn within the tweets, she wrote a couple of poisonous atmosphere the place girls risked undesirable touching throughout conferences and males on employees “have been proven bare images of an actress he was having an affair with.” 

“The employees sat on couches. Female writers would attempt to get the spot the place the showrunner would not sit as to not be touched. Often males would badist out by sitting subsequent to him, thus defending the ladies, Wauchope tweeted.

Sometimes these makes an attempt to separate Schwahn would fail.

“He’d just squeeze his disgusting body in between us and put his arms around us, grinning. (He’d) pet hair. He mbadaged shoulders. I know he did more but not to me so they’re not my stories to share,” Wauchope tweeted.

When the studio legal professionals got here for a badual harbadment seminar, Schwahn failed to indicate up.

That’s proper. The present runner didn’t attend the necessary badual harbadment badembly. I do not blame the studio, I doubt they knew. I blame a system that permits one individual to have a lot energy they’ll do no matter they need.

— Audrey Wauchope (@audreyalison) November 12, 2017

“I’m furious and sad and everything else for the women who have sat on that couch next to that man,” Wauchope added. “And I’m furious and sad and everything else that, years later, I don’t feel safe to be able to do anything real about this and that it seems to be happening all over this town.”

USA TODAY reached out to a consultant for Schwahn for remark however didn’t get a reply.

Schwahn is at the moment showrunning for the E! present The Royals. 

In an announcement carried by Variety, E!, Universal Cable Productions and Lionsgate Television — the companies behind The Royals — stated: “We are monitoring the data rigorously. E!, Universal Cable Productions and Lionsgate Television are dedicated to offering a secure working atmosphere during which everyone seems to be handled respectfully and professionally.”

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