Hollywood big guns are currently being held to task for years of unspoken sexual harrassment and abuse, and the latest name to be called out is One Tree Hill creator Mark Schwahn.

Mark Schwahn with One Tree Hill cast member James Lafferty. Source: Getty

18 members of the teen series’ cast and crew – including stars Sophia Bush, Bethany Joy Lenz and Hilarie Burton – released a joint letter on Monday to state that they stand with writer Audrey Wauchope, who spoke out on Twitter on Saturday about Schwahn and his behaviour toward her and her writing partner, Rachel Specter. It’s harrowing stuff.

The letter backs up Wauchope’s statements and outlines that the behaviour was also toward cast and crew.

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.

The 18 cast and crew members then explain their reasons for previously not coming forward with this information.

Many of us were told, during filming, that coming forward to talk about this culture would result in our show being canceled and hundreds of lovely, qualified, hard-working, and talented people losing their jobs. This is not an appropriate amount of pressure to put on young girls. Many of us since have stayed silent publicly but had very open channels of communication in our friend group and in our industry, because we want Tree Hill to remain the place “where everything’s better and everything’s safe” for our fans; some of whom have said that the show quite literally saved their lives. But the reality is, no space is safe when it has an underlying and infectious cancer. We have worked at taking our power back, making the conventions our own, and relishing in the good memories. But there is more work to be done.

The entire letter can be read on Variety here.

Source: Variety
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