'One Tree Hill' Creator Mark Schwahn Accused of Sexual Misconduct by Female Cast and Crew

The crew members and cast of the show, including Sophia Bush and Hilarie Burton, have written a letter accusing the showrunner of sexual harassment.

AceShowbiz - The female cast and crew members of "One Tree Hill" wrote a letter on Monday, November 13 accusing showrunner Mark Schwahn of sexual harassment. The letter came after former writer of the show, Audrey Wauchope, took to Twitter to detail his alleged actions without mentioning his name.

Wauchope shared that Schwahn liked to touch her without permission. It eventually made her dislike being touched by other people. "Sometimes we wouldn't luck out and he'd just squeeze his disgusting body in between us and put his arms around us, grinning," she wrote. "Ever since then I just state 'I don't like to be touched.' "

Schwahn also allegedly used to show naked pictures of an actress he was having an affair with to the male staff. "Men of staff were shown naked photos of an actress he was having an affair with," she continued. "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 concluded her story by saying there were psychological effects to Schwahn's actions. "If you're sitting on one of these staffs, please know whatever you are feeling is real," she wrote. Following her tweets, female cast and crew members of the show, including Sophia Bush and Hilarie Burton, claimed that there were a lot of them who were "manipulated psychologically and emotionally" by the creator.

In the letter, which was sent to Variety, they also claimed that many of them were "still in treatment for post-traumatic stress." They also stated that they were put in positions where they felt physically unsafe. "More than one woman on our show had her career trajectory threatened," they wrote.

E! Universal Cable Productions and Lionsgate Television, the companies behind Schwahn's current show, "The Royals", have issued a statement regarding the allegations. "We are monitoring the information carefully," a representative for the companies stated. "E! Universal Cable Productions and Lionsgate Television are committed to providing a safe working in which everyone is treated respectfully and professionally."

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