The girls of One Tree Hill have accused creator and showrunner Label Schwahn of sexual harassment within the wake of workers creator Audrey Wauchope’s harrowing allegations in opposition to her aged TV boss. In a series of tweets, Wauchope said she and the a bunch of female writers on workers — whom she said had been many times employed essentially essentially based exclusively on their looks — had been many times subjected to frequent and unwelcome touching by Schwahn.
“He’d felony squeeze his disgusting body in between us and save his arms spherical us, grinning,” she tweeted. “He pet hair. He massaged shoulders.” Although she did no longer title Schwahn in her tweets, individuals of the One Tree Hill forged mercurial rallied spherical her in give a boost to.
On Monday (November thirteen), Wauchope’s writing companion Rachel Specter tweeted her give a boost to for the girls of OTH who “endured never-ending sexual harassment” from Schwahn.
Up to now, 18 girls who labored on the long-running teen drama — along with foremost forged individuals Sophia Bush, Hilarie Burton, and Bethany Pleasure Lenz — have come ahead to no longer easiest publicly give a boost to Wauchope nonetheless also to clarify Schwahn’s behavior, which they claim became once an “originate secret” on arena.
In a candid letter revealed by Diversity on Monday, the girls advise that a bunch of them had been had been “manipulated psychologically and emotionally” by the showrunner.
“Better than one in every of us is nonetheless in remedy for put up-annoying stress,” the letter read. “Many folks had been save in unfortunate positions and needed to straight away be taught to fight relief, generally bodily, attributable to it became once made definite to us that the supervisors within the room weren’t the protectors they had been alleged to be. Many folks had been spoken to in methods that ran the spectrum from deeply upsetting, to traumatizing, to downright illegal. And about a of us had been save in positions where we felt bodily unsafe.”
Bush, who starred as Brooke Davis in all eight seasons of One Tree Hill, has been in fierce give a boost to of her fellow forged individuals on social media, tweeting, “It be time, sisters. I am so proud to call these girls my family. You may possibly possibly possibly no longer place confidence in.”
Her onscreen BFF Burton added, “I had been furious for a decade. This day, my sisters place relief what became once rightfully ours.”
Burton left the series at the extinguish of Season 6 with costar Chad Michael Murray. At the time, her departure became once a shock to fans of her angst-ridden personality Peyton Sawyer, nonetheless in latest days Burton has since implied that she left the series attributable to of Schwahn. On Monday, she retweeted a fan who had posted her 2009 goodbye video with the message, “The first time I watched this video, I cried my heart out. She left a personality that supposed loads to her (for us). Now all of us know why.”
For the reason that letter became once revealed, extra girls (and males) who labored on the One Tree Hill arena have tweeted messages of give a boost to and team spirit, condemning the poisonous atmosphere that Schwahn created for girls on their arena.
In a assertion to EW, Murray said he became once “so dang proud” of the “unheard of” girls of OTH who have continued to “lead [and] alternate the atmosphere of society” attributable to the yelp wrapped in 2012.
“The girls of OTH have constantly been mighty and unheard of. This day they’ve made us all even extra proud by standing as a beacon of what’s comely, and continuing to manual & alternate the atmosphere of society. This affects all avenues of lifestyles, from our day after day actions in passing to every and each single work attach. Respect and worship must lead the method.
A peculiar frontier has arrived & it be an honor to study all girls withstand the opposition that has prompted loads distress. Equal rights & equal remedy isn’t an option, it’s miles mandatory. Equality, security and admire for all is the aim.
I stand with all the folks who have suffered & pray that this immoral will meet its loss of life within the strength of this circulate. OTH Ladies folks — I am so dang ample with you.”
Once a Raven, constantly a Raven.