One Tree Hill creator Price Schwahn has been accused of sexual harassment and bodily and emotional manipulation by 18 feminine forged and crew members who worked on the TV drama, including stars Sophia Bush and Hilarie Burton.
In a joint letter released Monday, the females said they “stand collectively in toughen” of One Tree Hill creator Audrey Wauchope, who over the weekend alleged on Twitter that she became once subjected to undesirable touching and other forms of harassment by Schwahn, whom she failed to discuss to by title, whereas engaged on the sequence.
“I’m angry and unhappy and every thing else for the females who non-public sat on that sofa subsequent to that man,” Wauchope tweeted. “And I’m angry and unhappy and every thing else that years later I don’t genuinely feel protected with the blueprint to raise out the rest true about this and that it looks to be happening all over this town.”
The joint letter, which became once first reported by Variety, asserts that “Schwahn’s behavior over the length of the filming of One Tree Hill became once something of an ‘inaugurate secret.’ Various us non-public been, to deal of degrees, manipulated psychologically and emotionally. Bigger than one amongst us is peaceable in treatment for put up-stressful stress. Various us non-public been set apart in glum positions and needed to impulsively be taught to strive against encourage, veritably physically, because it became once made definite to us that the supervisors in the room non-public been now not the protectors they non-public been speculated to be. Various us non-public been spoken to in ways in which ran the spectrum from deeply upsetting, to traumatizing, to downright illegal. And a few of us non-public been set apart in positions where we felt physically unsafe. Bigger than one lady on our point out had her career trajectory threatened.”
A representative for Schwahn failed to straight away answer to EW’s demand for bid about the allegations.
Schwahn created One Tree Hill and served because the showrunner. Airing from 2003 to 2012 on the WB and the CW, the sequence adopted a employees of North Carolina kids thru their highschool years, and later in their grownup lives.
Schwahn’s recent sequence, The Royals, airs on E!. A spokesperson for that network said in an announcement to EW, “We’re monitoring the records in moderation. E!, In vogue Cable Productions, and Lionsgate Tv are dedicated to providing a protected working atmosphere wherein all people looks to be treated respectfully and professionally.”
Read the fleshy joint letter under.
To Whom It Could per chance even simply Field,
The full feminine forged members of One Tree Hill non-public chosen this dialogue board to stand collectively in toughen of Audrey Wauchope and one one other. To exercise terminology that has radically change acquainted because the systemic actuality of sexual harassment and assault has reach an increasing number of to gentle, Price Schwahn’s behavior over the length of the filming of One Tree Hill became once something of an “inaugurate secret.” Various us non-public been, to deal of degrees, manipulated psychologically and emotionally. Bigger than one amongst us is peaceable in treatment for put up-stressful stress. Various us non-public been set apart in glum positions and needed to impulsively be taught to strive against encourage, veritably physically, because it became once made definite to us that the supervisors in the room non-public been now not the protectors they non-public been speculated to be. Various us non-public been spoken to in ways in which ran the spectrum from deeply upsetting, to traumatizing, to downright illegal. And a few of us non-public been set apart in positions where we felt physically unsafe. Bigger than one lady on our point out had her career trajectory threatened.
The thru line in all of this became once, and peaceable is, our unwavering toughen of and faith in one one other. We confided in one another. We bid up protected areas to discuss about his behavior and how one can handle it. To warn original females who joined our ranks. We understood that somewhat deal of it became once orchestrated in ways in which saved it out of look for the studio encourage house. We also understood that nobody became once completely unaware. The shortage of action that has been routine, the turning of the replacement cheek, is intolerable. We collectively must echo the calls of females all around the sector that vehemently inquire of replace, in all industries.
Various us non-public been told, for the length of filming, that coming forward to discuss about this culture would consequence in our point out being canceled and 1000’s of comely, tremendous, tough-working, and talented other people shedding their jobs. That is now not an acceptable quantity of stress to positioned on young ladies. Various us since non-public stayed restful publicly nonetheless had very inaugurate channels of verbal replace in our preferrred friend employees and in our replace, because we desire Tree Hill to remain the sector “where every thing’s better and every thing’s protected” for our fans; a few of whom non-public said that the point out somewhat literally saved their lives. However the actuality is, no house is protected when it has an underlying and infectious most cancers. We now non-public got worked at taking our vitality encourage, making the conventions our bear, and relishing in the comely recollections. But there is more work to be performed.
We’re all deeply grateful for Audrey’s courage. For one one other. And for each male forged mate and crew member who has reached out to our employees of females to offer their toughen these previous few days. They echo the greater rallying cry that must lead us to replace: Imagine Ladies. We’re all in this collectively.
With Worship and Courage,
Sophia Bush, Hilarie Burton, Bethany Joy Lenz, Danneel Harris, Michaela McManus, Kate Voegele, Daphne Zuniga, India de Beaufort, Bevin Prince, Jana Kramer, Shantel Van Santen, and Allison Munn
And Intrepid Crew,
Audrey Wauchope, Rachel Specter, Cristy Koebley, JoJo Stephens, Jane Beck, Tarin Squillante
And The full remainder of the Ladies We Labored With Who Are Discovering Their Voices as We Pronounce
James Lafferty, Austin Nichols, and Stephen Colletti voiced team spirit with their feminine costars on Twitter Monday, all saying with “stand with” the females who spoke up. “I applaud each lady on OTH, each lady on earth, who stands as much as a tool that has failed them in the previous and in this moment,” Lafferty wrote in part, whereas Nichols said, “We now non-public got to replace. We are able to also simply peaceable be better. All of us. That is unacceptable.” Colletti addressed his feminine colleagues “who penned their letter with deep wounds,” saying he has “the utmost appreciate of your plight in righting the wrongs you non-public endured. I stand for you, for better…”
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