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'One Tree Hill' and 'Royals' Showrunner Accused of Sexual Harassment

'One Tree Hill' and 'Royals' Showrunner Accused of Sexual Harassment”

One of the CW's most successful showrunners has been called out by the cast and writers of one of his biggest hits on November 11. "More than one woman on our show had her career trajectory threatened".

In an unprecedented show of unity on a television series or movie, almost all of the show's core cast-as well as some crew members-have shown support for the female cast and crew after the letter was published.

Wauchope also said she chose to come forward with the allegations in light of Warner Bros.′ decision to suspend Andrew Kreisberg, a leading force on some of the network's biggest television productions, amid sexual harassment allegations. Hahahaha we said. That's insane.

Schwahn created the series and was overseeing showrunner for its entire eight-season run. We have worked at taking our power back, making the conventions our own, and relishing in the good memories. They echo the greater rallying cry that must lead us to change: Believe Women. "But there is more work to be done", the statement further read.

The letter was signed by 12 actresses on the show, including Jana Kramer and Danneel Harris, and six crew members, including Wauchope. Wauchope declined to name anyone in her claim nor the workplace in which it happened, but her allegations of verbal abuse, degradation, and demoralization appear to have occurred during her time spent in the writers' room of One Tree Hill, on which she and her writing partner Rachel Specter have been credited writers. To say we were excited was an understatement.

She goes on to say, "The staff sat on couches".

"I'm furious and sad and everything else for the women who have sat on that couch next to that man".

'Naked photos they didn't want to see.

She detailed inappropriate things he allegedly said he would do while Audrey and her writing partner, Rachel Specter, were working on the show - she said that they were told female writers were hired due to their looks, and she said in meetings the female writers would avoid sitting near the showrunner "as not to be touched". "He'd just squeeze his disgusting body in between us and put his arms around us, grinning", she said. He pet hair. He massaged shoulders. I know he did more but not to me so they're not my stories to share.

'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'.

A representative for Schwahn did not immediately respond to EW's request for comment about the allegations.

She also talked about how Schwahn would allegedly show naked pictures of actresses he'd slept with to male staffers without the actress' knowledge. But E! Network which now airs the producer's ongoing series, The Royals, shares that they are already carefully looking into the matter. E!, Universal Cable Productions and Lionsgate Television told Variety they are "monitoring the information carefully" and "are committed to providing a safe working environment in which everyone is treated respectfully and professionally".



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