After 'One Tree Hill' female cast, crew accuse creator of sexual harassment, show stars rally to support them

Tuesday, 14 November 2017, 06:09:48 PM. More than a dozen women say Mark Schwahn made them feel 'physically unsafe.'
Share Culture Sexual Harassment One Tree Hill Sophia Bush Mark Schwahn Five years after teen drama One Tree Hill went off the air, the show’s cast and crew have united to speak out against creator and showrunner Mark Schwahn’s alleged sexual harassment of female employees. Several of the series’ female cast members and crew penned an open letter, published by Variety, claiming that Schwahn “manipulated psychologically and emotionally” women and left some feeling “physically unsafe.” The letter is signed by more than a dozen women led by One Tree Hill’s breakout star Sophia Bush, who played Brooke Davis in the show, and co-stars Hilarie Burton and Bethany Joy Lenz. Keep up with this story and more by subscribing now “Many of us were, to varying degrees, manipulated psychologically and emotionally. More than one of us is still in treatment for post-traumatic stress,” the letter said. “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.” The women came forward after One Tree Hill staff writer Audrey Wauchope detailed sexual harassment by an unnamed...Read more
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