Cast and crew of hit TV series One Tree Hill to include Sophia Bush and Hilarie Burton – have written a letter accusing former showrunner Mark Schwahn of sexual harassment.
Audrey Wauchope, a former writer on the series, took to Twitter on Saturday accusing the series showrunner, believed to be Schwahn, 51, of harassment, although she never mentioned his name.
On Monday, 18 women who worked on the hit show that ran from 2003-2012, according to Variety, wrote a letter of support for Wauchope and claimed they were ‘manipulated psychologically and emotionally’ while working on the series.
Bush, Burton, and Bethany Joy Lenz, as well as others from the show, wrote that they ‘have chosen this forum to stand together in support of Audrey Wauchope and one another’ following Wauchope’s statements made on Twitter
‘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,’ the letter read.
‘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 a series of tweets, Wauchope said her and many of teh women who worked on the set of One Tree Hill, were often times subject to unwanted touching.
‘To say we left that job demoralized and confused is also an understatement. One of the 1st things we were told was that the showrunner hired female writers on the basis of their looks. That’s why you’re here – he wants to f**k you,’ she tweeted.
‘Men on staff were shown naked photos of on an actress he was having an affair with. Naked photos she didn’t know were being passed around.
‘Naked photos they didn’t want to see. This is such a violation, both to the actress and to the men forced to look and participate,’ she wrote.
Wauchope also recalled a time when her writing partner was getting ready to leave for her wedding and Schwahn ‘closed the door of his office and asked her if she really wanted to go through with it’.
‘Maybe he could have a shot? Hahahaha we said. That’s crazy. He’s crazy. NO. He’s abusive,’ she tweeted.
In the series of tweets Wauchope wrote: ‘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.’