The feminine solid and group of hit TV drama One Tree Hill have come in combination to write a letter accusing former showrunner Mark Schwahn of sexual harassment. The letter helps their ex colleague and previous author of the sequence, Audrey Wauchope’s earlier remark towards him.
Stars of the show together with Sophia Bush, Hilarie Burton and Bethany Joy Lenz wrote on Monday that they “have selected this discussion board to stand in combination in fortify of Audrey Wauchope and one any other” following a Twitter remark made via Wauchope during which she accused Schwahn of sexually harassing her.
In the letter, 18 women who labored on the show claimed that many of them had been “to varying degrees, manipulated psychologically and emotionally,” and that “more than one 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.”
They persevered: “Many of us were spoken to in ways that ran the spectrum from deeply upsetting, to traumatizing, to downright illegal. And a few of us were put in positions where we felt physically unsafe.”
In her Twitter remark, Wauchope recalled that she used to be continuously subjected to undesirable touching via Schwahn (who she didn’t establish via identify) all over their time operating on the show in combination.
“I’m furious and sad and everything else for the women who have sat on that couch next to that man. 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,” she wrote.
She additionally described an incident during which Schwahn had confirmed bare pictures of an actress that he used to be having a sexual courting with to staffers with out the actress’ wisdom, and a time the place he referred to as her writing spouse into his place of work to check out to communicate her out of getting married, and into courting him.
One Tree Hill, a drama primarily based on the lives of a gaggle of youngsters in North Carolina, aired on aired on the WB from 2003 to 2006, and on the CW from 2006 to 2012.
Mark Schwahn has but to make a remark on the accusations.
Read the letter from the One Tree Hill solid and group individuals beneath:
To Whom It May Concern,
All of the feminine solid individuals of One Tree Hill have selected this discussion board to stand in combination in fortify of Audrey Wauchope and one any other. To use terminology that has turn out to be acquainted as thesystemic fact of sexual harassment and attack has come increasingly more to mild, Mark Schwahn’s habits over the period of the filming of One Tree Hill used to be one thing of an “open secret.” Many of us had been, to various levels, manipulated psychologically and emotionally. More than one of us continues to be in remedy for post-traumatic rigidity. Many of us had been installed uncomfortable positions and had to hastily be told to battle again, every so often bodily, as it used to be made transparent to us that the supervisors in the room weren’t the protectors they had been meant to be. Many of us had been spoken to in ways in which ran the spectrum from deeply frightening, to traumatizing, to downright unlawful. And a couple of of us had been installed positions the place we felt bodily unsafe. More than one lady on our show had her occupation trajectory threatened.
The thru line in all of this used to be, and nonetheless is, our unwavering fortify of and religion in a single any other. We confided in every different. We arrange secure areas to communicate about his habits and the way to take care of it. To warn new women who joined our ranks. We understood that so much of it used to be orchestrated in ways in which stored it out of sight for the studio again house. We additionally understood that nobody used to be absolutely unaware. The lack of motion that has been regimen, the turning of the different cheek, is insupportable. We jointly need to echo the calls of women in all places that vehemently call for exchange, in all industries.
Many of us had been advised, all over filming, that coming ahead to communicate about this tradition would lead to our show being canceled and loads of beautiful, certified, hard-working, and proficient other people shedding their jobs. This isn’t a suitable quantity of power to put on younger ladies. Many of us since have stayed silent publicly however had very open channels of communique in our buddy team and in our business, as a result of we wish Tree Hill to stay the position “where everything’s better and everything’s safe” for our enthusiasts; some of whom have stated that the show reasonably actually stored their lives. But the fact is, no house 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 in the excellent reminiscences. But there’s extra paintings to be carried out.
We are all deeply thankful for Audrey’s braveness. For one any other. And for each male solid mate and group member who has reached out to our team of women to be offering their fortify those previous couple of days. They echo the higher rallying cry that will have to lead us to exchange: Believe Women. We are all on this in combination.
With Love and Courage,
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
And Brave Crew,
Audrey Wauchope, Rachel Specter, Jane Beck, Tarin Squillante, Cristy Koebley, JoJo Stephens
And All the relaxation of the Women We Worked With Who Are Finding Their Voices as We Speak