One Tree Hill Cast Accuse Showrunner of Sexual Harassment

Bethany Joy Lenz Robert Buckley and Mark Schwahn

One Tree Hill showrunner Mark Schwahn is the latest Hollywood figure to be accused of sexual assault, adding to an unfortunately growing list of such instances. In a series of tweets, Wauchope said she and the other female writers on staff - whom she said were often hired based exclusively on their looks - were often subjected to frequent and unwelcome touching by Schwahn.

In a series of tweets over the weekend, Wauchope did not identify Schwahn by name but discussed a pattern of harassment which she and her writing partner, Rachel Specter, had experienced on the first show they were hired at as staff writers.

Though the group largely stayed silent publicly, they said they had "open channels of communication in our friend group and in our industry", because they wanted the show to be a safe space for fans, "some of whom have said that the show quite literally saved their lives".

Numerous members of the former One Tree Hill staff have published an open letter detailing sexual harassment they experienced at the hands of the show's creator and showrunner Mark Schwahn. 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. Today they've made us all even more proud by standing as a beacon of what is right, and continuing to lead & change the atmosphere of society. More than one of us is still in treatment for post-traumatic stress.

"Huge numbers of us were addressed in ways that ran the range from profoundly irritating, to damaging, to out and out unlawful", the letter proceeds. Sometimes we wouldn't luck out and he'd just squeeze his disgusting body in between us and put his arms around us, grinning.

Both Burton and Bush have also expressed their personal support to Wauchope, taking it to their respective Twitter accounts to back up the story.

One Tree Hill, which was created by Schwahn, ran for eight seasons on the WB and the CW, ending in 2012. Not only were they subjected to this kind of working environment, they were left feeling trapped with no other choice but to grit their teeth believing that speaking out will cut their careers short.

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Schwahn now runs the E! show The Royals. "That's why you're here - he wants to f*ck you".

"We are monitoring the information carefully", said the companies behind The Royals.

'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'.

The letter was signed by 12 actresses on the show, including Jana Kramer and Danneel Harris, and six crew members, including Wauchope.

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.

We are incredible proud of these fearless ladies for finding the strength to speak out against this injustice.

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