'One Tree Hill' creator faces sexual harassment allegations

Aubrey Yates
November 15, 2017

Sophia Bush and Hilarie Burton are among the female One Tree Hill castmembers who have written an open letter backing sexual harassment claims against the program's creator Mark Schwahn.

The group continued their message to add they had chose to speak out after recent developments in Hollywood, such as the sexual assault and harassment claims made against power players including Harvey Weinstein, James Toback and Brett Ratner, made them realize that "turning of the other cheek, is intolerable..."

"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 women wrote.

Stars of the teen soap "One Tree Hill", which ran from 2003 to 2012 on The WB and The CW, have united against its showrunner Mark Schwahn, accusing him of sexual harassment.

"Many of us were, to varying degrees, manipulated psychologically and emotionally". "Many of us were spoken to in ways that ran the spectrum from deeply upsetting, to traumatizing, to downright illegal". 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. She also wrote that he would touch female cast and crew members inappropriately and that he showed naked photos of a woman he was seeing to men on set.

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A legal representative for Schwahn did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Schwahn is now an executive producer on E!'s "The Royals", which he also created. "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". "Many of us since have stayed silent publicly but had very open channels of communication in our friend group and in our industry, because we want Tree Hill to remain the place "where everything's better and everything's safe" for our fans; some of whom have said that the show quite literally saved their lives".

Following her tweets, crew and cast members wrote a letter Monday published on Variety supporting Wauchope.

The women were inspired to make a statement after a writer on the show tweeted about an unnamed showrunner who harassed female writers. Wauchope did not name Schwahn, but she identified the abuser as the first showrunner she worked for as a full-time writer. He pet hair. He massaged shoulders. "It turns out my story was a catalyst for others and I stand by them as they continue to speak".

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