The Hollywood sexual abuse scandals keep piling up, and it sounds like Mark Schwahn may be one of the grossest perpetrators yet.
An overwhelming amount of One Tree Hill cast and crew members have recently come out accusing the show’s creator of regular and disgusting treatment towards his female coworkers.
It all started with writer Audrey Wauchope, who bravely came out on Twitter and shared her horror story from the show. “I’m furious and sad and everything else for the women who have sat on that couch next to [Schwahn],” she dished. “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.”
Wauchope isn’t alone — she was quickly supported by a joint letter signed by over a dozen other females who worked on the show, including stars Sophia Bush and Hilarie Burton. The most poignant excerpt is below (you can read the full letter here):
“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. More than one of us is still in treatment for post-traumatic stress. 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 that letter and the massive outpouring of support that followed, male costars James Lafferty, Austin Nichols and Stephen Colletti expressed their support on Twitter:
Schwahn has not commented on the allegations yet. He’s currently in charge of The Royals on E!; the network made a noncommittal statement that they were "keeping an eye" on the situation.
This story’s likely nowhere close to over — and if it’s true, hopefully this creep gets the punishment he deserves.