One Tree Hill cast stands united

Bush, Bur­ton among those ac­cus­ing show’s cre­ator of treat­ing them in ‘trau­ma­tiz­ing’ ways

The Chatham Daily News - - ENTERTAINMENT -

Sophia Bush and Hi­larie Bur­ton are among the fe­male One Tree Hill cast mem­bers who have writ­ten an open let­ter back­ing sex­ual ha­rass­ment claims against the pro­gram’s cre­ator Mark Sch­wahn.

Show writer Au­drey Wau­chope hit head­lines over the week­end when she tweeted about the ha­rass­ment she ex­pe­ri­enced on the One Tree Hill set, with­out nam­ing Sch­wahn. In her mes­sages, she ac­cused the showrun­ner of in­ap­pro­pri­ately touch­ing her, mak­ing in­ap­pro­pri­ate com­ments and even al­legedly show­ing off nude pic­tures of his ac­tress girl­friend.

Now, in their open let­ter, Sophia, Hi­larie and cast­mate Bethany Joy Lenz have been joined by crew mem­bers all ac­cus­ing Sch­wahn of treat­ing them in ways that were “trau­ma­tiz­ing” and “down­right il­le­gal.”

“Mark Sch­wahn’s be­hav­iour 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,” the let­ter read. “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 ... 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 claim they had been told that if they came for­ward with their sto­ries about Sch­wahn, their show would likely be can­celled. “This is not an ap­pro­pri­ate amount of pres­sure to put on young girls,” they added.

The group con­tin­ued their mes­sage to add they had de­cided to speak out af­ter re­cent de­vel­op­ments in Hol­ly­wood, such as the sex­ual as­sault and ha­rass­ment claims made against power play­ers

in­clud­ing Har­vey We­in­stein, James To­back and Brett Rat­ner, made them re­al­ize that “turn­ing of the other cheek, is in­tol­er­a­ble ... We col­lec­tively want to echo the calls of women ev­ery­where that ve­he­mently de­mand change, in all in­dus­tries.”

Prais­ing Wau­chope for prompt­ing the dis­cus­sion, they con­cluded: “We are all deeply grate­ful for Au­drey’s courage. For one an­other. And for ev­ery male cast mate and crew mem­ber who has reached out to our group of women to of­fer their sup­port these last few days. They echo the greater ral­ly­ing cry that must lead us to change: Be­lieve Women. We are all in this to­gether.”

The let­ter was signed by 12 ac­tresses on the show, in­clud­ing Jana Kramer and Dan­neel Har­ris, and six crew mem­bers, in­clud­ing Wau­chope.

WENN

Mark Sch­wahn’s be­hav­iour 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.” One Tree Hill cast mem­bers’ open let­ter

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Sophia Bush is among the fe­male One Tree Hill cast mem­bers who have writ­ten an open let­ter back­ing sex­ual ha­rass­ment claims against the pro­gram’s cre­ator, Mark Sch­wahn.

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