It requires lots of courage to share your harassment or sexual assault story publically. The cast and crew of beloved teen TV show named One Tree Hill wrote an open letter on Monday, accusing the showrunner Mark Schwahn of sexual harassment.
According to the allegations, One Tree Hill’s cast and crew put on Schwahn, he harassed them during The CW TV show aired from 2003 to 2012. In addition, a former writer of the show named Audrey Wauchope has shared her harassment story just a day before the open letter comes in which she says that she has been harassed by Schwahn through the series of tweets.
18 female cast and crew members of the TV show joined hands and come forward In the wake of multiple sexual harassment scandals. Those 18 females included Sophia Bush, Bethany Joy Lenz and Hilarie Burton, these ladies released a joint statement along with other females harassed by Schwahn. In a joint statement, the women opened up about their sexual encounter with Schwahn and claimed that Schwahn sexually harassed them.
The women claimed that they felt that they need to fight back against the harassment, they claimed that supervisors allegedly “were not the protectors they were supposed to be,” and these women were unsafe in the presence of supervisors.
In the joint statement letter, the women claimed: “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.”