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

Audrey Wauchope

Hilarie Burton (Peyton Sawyer), and Bethany Joy Lenz (Hailey James Scott) are among 18 other actresses and Tree Hill crew accusing showrunner Mark Schwahn of sexual harrassment.

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..."

The statement acquired by The Hollywood Reporter read, "Mark Schwahn's behaviour over the duration of the filming of One Tree Hill was something of an "open secret". The details she revealed combined with fan reactions made it clear she was condemning one person: One Tree Hill creator Mark Schwahn.

The letter stated that women on the show were "manipulated psychologically and emotionally". "More than one of us is still in treatment for post-traumatic stress", the letter said.

"Huge numbers of us were addressed in ways that ran the range from profoundly irritating, to damaging, to out and out unlawful", the letter proceeds.

In a series of tweets, Wauchope said she and other women who worked on One Tree Hill, were often times subject to unwanted touching.

He now serves as showrunner on The Royals.

"E!, Universal Cable Productions and Lionsgate Television are committed to providing a safe working environment in which everyone is treated respectfully and professionally".

Not only is this yet another allegation against an ADULT male over sexual assault but it has to do with everyone's favorite feel-good and family drama One Tree Hill. James Lafferty, who played Nathan Scott, tweeted, "I applaud every woman on OTH, every woman on earth, who stands up to a system that has failed them in the past and in this moment".

Former "One Tree Hill" staffer Karin Gist, now showrunner of Fox's "Star", also wrote on Twitter, "As a woman writer who sat on that couch- I stand WITH you".

Wauchope, who is a former writer of the coming-of-age show, took to her personal Twitter account over the weekend to share her and writing partner Rachel Specter's horrific experience with Schwahn. Often men would help out by sitting next to him, thus protecting the women", Wauchope tweeted before adding, "he'd just squeeze his disgusting body in between us and put his arms around us, grinning.

The Weinstein scandal continues to make a ripple effect in the industry as more actresses and actors are speaking up about the harassment they've sustained in their careers.

The letter goes on to say the women protected each other on set from Schwahn's alleged behavior, even setting up "safe spaces to talk about his behavior and how to handle it". "We also understood that no one was fully unaware [of what was happening on the set]", they continued.

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