The cast members and crew of The WB and CW series One Tree Hill have accused former showrunner Mark Schwahn of sexual harassment.
Variety reports that stars Sophia Bush, Hilarie Burton and Bethany Joy Lenz, as well as 15 other women, wrote in a letter on Monday that they were “manipulated psychologically and emotionally” by Schwahn.
“More than one of us is still in treatment for post-traumatic stress. Many of us 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.”
“Many of us were spoken to in ways that ran the spectrum from deeply upsetting, to traumatizing, to downright illegal,” they revealed.
“And a few of us were put in positions where we felt physically unsafe.”
They went on to say, “The through line in all of this was, and still is, our unwavering support of and faith in one another. We confided in each other. We set up safe spaces to talk about his behavior and how to handle it. To warn new women who joined our ranks. We understood that a lot of it was orchestrated in ways that kept it out of sight for the studio back home. We also understood that no one was fully unaware. The lack of action that has been routine, the turning of the other cheek, is intolerable. We collectively want to echo the calls of women everywhere that vehemently demand change, in all industries.”
The letter came after a former writer on the series accused an unidentified show runner of “unwanted touching” (and other things) on Twitter over the weekend.
They concluded by saying, “We are all deeply grateful for Audrey’s courage. For one another. And for every male cast mate and crew member who has reached out to our group of women to offer their support these last few days. They echo the greater rallying cry that must lead us to change: Believe Women. We are all in this together.”
(See the full letter HERE)
Former cast-mates from One Tree Hill have been voicing their support & commending the women.