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

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

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.

Now, in their open letter, Sophia, Hilarie and castmate Bethany Joy Lenz have been joined by crew members all accusing Schwahn of treating them in ways that were "traumatizing" and "downright illegal". For the first few seasons, we watched two brothers (Chad Michael Murray and James Lafferty) fight for the affection of their father while dealing with their complicated love lives. "More than one woman on our show had her career trajectory threatened", the letter explained in detail.

The network confirmed in a statement that they are "monitoring the information carefull". One of the 1st things we were told was that the showrunner hired female writers on the basis of their looks.

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". This is such a violation, both to the actress and to the men forced to look and participate, ' she wrote.

You may not recognise the name Audrey Wauchope, but you definitely know her work.

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'Maybe he could have a shot? He's insane. NO. He's abusive, ' she tweeted.

The unsolicited advances toward female staff included putting his arm around them, petting their hair and showing naked pictures of an actress he was having an affair with, according to Wauchope's tweets. But the reality is, no space is safe when it has an underlying and infectious cancer.

One Tree Hill ran for 9 seasons from 2003 to 2012, and hearing these horrific stories knowing that countless women who worked on the show had to endure this treatment is sickening.

Read the cast and crew's full letter at Variety. Allegations have come to light on Monday after the cast and crew of The CW series came out with an extensive letter backing up their former colleague, Audrey Wauchope's claims of being sexually harassed by the TV exec. ET reports that a number of the men who worked on One Tree Hill have also stepped forward in support. "We collectively want to echo the calls of women everywhere that vehemently demand change, in all industries", they continued. We are all in this together.

The other women who co-signed the letter include Bethany Joy Lenz, Danneel Harris, Michaela McManus, Kate Voegele, Daphne Zuniga, India de Beaufort, Bevin Prince, Jana Kramer, Shantel Van Santen, Allison Munn, Rachel Specter, Cristy Koebley, JoJo Stephens, Jane Beck and Tarin Squillante.