The women of One Tree Hill fetch accused creator and showrunner Set aside Schwahn of sexual harassment within the wake of crew creator Audrey Wauchope’s harrowing allegations towards her extinct TV boss. In a series of tweets, Wauchope acknowledged she and the opposite female writers on crew — whom she acknowledged fetch been on the total employed basically basically based entirely on their looks — fetch been on the total subjected to frequent and unwelcome touching by Schwahn.
“He’d ideal squeeze his disgusting body in between us and build his hands around us, grinning,” she tweeted. “He pet hair. He massaged shoulders.” Despite the indisputable truth that she did no longer title Schwahn in her tweets, contributors of the One Tree Hill cast rapid rallied round her in toughen.
On Monday (November Thirteen), Wauchope’s writing partner Rachel Specter tweeted her toughen for the women of OTH who “endured never-ending sexual harassment” from Schwahn.
Prior to now, 18 women who worked on the long-running teen drama — including well-known cast contributors Sophia Bush, Hilarie Burton, and Bethany Joy Lenz — fetch arrive forward to no longer simplest publicly toughen Wauchope but also to clarify Schwahn’s behavior, which they claim was as soon as an “launch secret” on residing.
In a candid letter published by Selection on Monday, the women direct that a vary of them fetch been fetch been “manipulated psychologically and emotionally” by the showrunner.
“A few of us is gathered in treatment for submit-stressful stress,” the letter read. “Many of us fetch been build in uncomfortable positions and needed to at present be taught to fight back, in most cases bodily, attributable to it was as soon as made definite to us that the supervisors within the room weren’t the protectors they fetch been alleged to be. Many of us fetch been spoken to in solutions that ran the spectrum from deeply upsetting, to traumatizing, to downright unlawful. And a few of us fetch been build in positions the attach we felt bodily unsafe.”
Bush, who starred as Brooke Davis in all eight seasons of One Tree Hill, has been in fierce toughen of her fellow cast contributors on social media, tweeting, “It’s time, sisters. I’m so proud to call these women my household. You would no longer imagine.”
Her onscreen BFF Burton added, “I even fetch been enraged for a decade. Right this moment time, my sisters pick back what was as soon as rightfully ours.”
Burton left the series at the discontinue of Season 6 with costar Chad Michael Murray. At the time, her departure was as soon as a shock to fans of her angst-ridden character Peyton Sawyer, but in most contemporary days Burton has since implied that she left the series because of the 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 coronary heart out. She left a character that meant so significant to her (for us). Now we all know why.”
Since the letter was as soon as published, extra women (and men) who worked on the One Tree Hill residing fetch tweeted messages of toughen and cohesion, condemning the toxic atmosphere that Schwahn created for women on their residing.
In a statement to EW, Murray acknowledged he was as soon as “so dang proud” of the “inconceivable” women of OTH who fetch continued to “lead [and] replace the atmosphere of society” since the deliver wrapped in 2012.
“The women of OTH fetch always been stable and inconceivable. Right this moment time they’ve made us all even extra proud by standing as a beacon of what’s correct, and persevering with to book & replace the atmosphere of society. This impacts all avenues of lifestyles, from our everyday actions in passing to every and each single work situation. Admire and love must lead the manner.
A brand recent frontier has arrived & it’s an honor to see all women face as a lot as the opposition that has caused so significant misfortune. Equal rights & equal treatment isn’t an option, it’s wanted. Equality, security and admire for all is the intention.
I stand with the total of us that fetch suffered & pray that this execrable will meet its demise within the strength of this movement. OTH Women — I’m so dang elated with you.”
As soon as a Raven, always a Raven.