‘One Tree Hill’ Creator Mark Schwahn Accused of Sexual Harassment By Female Stars
The men of One Tree Hill are standing by their female cast and crew members.
Sophia Bush, Hilarie Burton, Bethany Joy Lenz, and countless other women who worked on the show are accusing the show’s creator, Mark Schwahn, of sexual harassment and emotional manipulation.
The women released a joint letter earlier this week that said they will “stand together in support” of each other.
“Schwahn’s behavior over the duration of the filming of One Tree Hill was something of an ‘open secret.’ Many of us were, to varying degrees, manipulated psychologically and emotionally,” the letter said.
“More than one of us is still in treatment for post-traumatic stress,” the letter continued.
“Many of us were put in uncomfortable positions and had to swiftly learn to fight back, sometimes physically, because it was made clear to us that the supervisors in the room were not the protectors they were supposed to be.
“Many of us were spoken to in ways that ran the spectrum from deeply upsetting, to traumatizing, to downright illegal.
“And a few of us were put in positions where we felt physically unsafe. More than one woman on our show had her career trajectory threatened.”
Following the release of the letter, the men of OTH — Chad Michael Murray, James Lafferty, Bryan Greenberg, Stephen Colletti, Austin Nichols, and many others — spoke out in support of the women.
“The women of OTH have always been strong and incredible,” the Cinderella Story actor said in a statement.
“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.”
He continued, “This affects all avenues of life, from our day to day activities in passing to each and every single work place. Respect and love must lead the way.”
Bryan tweeted, “Shocked and saddened to hear what the women of OTH had to endure. I’m proud of them for speaking up. I support them fully.”
He continued, “And I hope that their courage to tell the truth, will help put an end to the pervasive culture of harassment in the workplace. There’s no place for it.”
I stand with all my OTH sisters. We have to change. We have to be better. All of us. This is unacceptable.AUSTIN NICHOLS (@AustinNichols) November 14, 2017
The former Laguna Beach star wrote, “I want to acknowledge the women of OTH who have penned their letter with deep wounds from a culture unacceptable for anyone, at any age, and in any business.
“I have the utmost respect of your position in righting the wrongs you have endured. I stand for you, for better…”
Mark has yet to comment on the allegations.