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Former One Tree HIll showrunner suspended from current show

Former One Tree HIll showrunner suspended from current show

Mark Schwahn has been suspended as the showrunner of The Royals after his former employees and co-workers from One Tree Hill came forward about his sexual harassment and abuse.

'E! Universal Cable Productions and Lionsgate Television take sexual allegations very seriously, investigate them thoroughly and independently, and take appropriate action, ' the studio told Variety in a statement. On Wedneday, Schwahn was suspended from his role as showrunner on "The Royals", which is produced by Lionsgate Television and Universal Cable Productions.

On 11 November, one of the writers on the show, Audrey Wauchope, in an array of tweets, wrote about how Schwahn (who she referred to as "showrunner") harassed women (cast and crew) on the sets.

"One Tree Hill" writer Audrey Wauchope on Saturday tweeted that she and her writer partner were sexually assaulted by the director. "Sometimes we wouldn't luck out and he'd just squeeze his disgusting body in between us and put his arms around us, grinning". The same initiative on the side of Antwon Tanner aka Skills Taylors, who praised the courage of all these women: "I want her to know that I love them and that I support them".

The through line in all of this was, and still is, our unwavering support of and faith in one another. We have worked at taking our power back, making the conventions our own, and relishing in the good memories.

In a letter to Variety, 18 women who worked on Schwahn's previous show, the Warner Bros.

Wauchope was careful to put all the blame on the showrunner - who she did not name in her tweets - and absolve the network and her co-workers.

In a lengthy Twitter thread, Wauchope claimed that writers were hired because Schwahn "wants to f-k you" and that women would avoid sitting next to him on office couches.




The recent addition to the long list of offenders in showbiz is Mark Schwahn, creator of the hit show One Tree Hill that premiered on The WB in 2003 and later on The CW from 2006-2012.

Furthermore, "One Tree Hill" actresses Sophia Bush (Brooke Davis), Hilarie Burton (Peyton Sawyer), Bethany Joy Lenz (Haley James), and the crew of the show, in a joint statement, echoed what Wauchope claimed. "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".

"To say that we have left this work demoralized and confused would be an understatement".

Male members of the cast added their support Tuesday.

Austin Nichols, who began recurring in the series in Season 6, said in a tweet, "I stand with all my OTH sisters". "Equality, safety and respect for all is the goal".

Schwahn is now an executive producer on E!'s "The Royals", which he also created.

Mark Schwahn has yet to make a comment on the accusations.

On Wednesday, Alexandra Park, who stars on "The Royals", put out a statement on her Twitter account saying she had "been exposed" to Schwahn's "reprehensible behavior".


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