The female cast of the CW show One Tree Hill joined members of the show’s crew to accuse the former showrunner Mark Schwahn of “traumatizing” sexual harassment, USA Today reported.
Sophia Bush, Hilarie Burton, and other stars and crew members on the popular teen soap signed an open letter accusing Schwahn of harassment in Variety after show writer Audrey Wauchope detailed her experience with him on Twitter.
“Many of us were, to varying degrees, manipulated psychologically and emotionally,” the letter claims. “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,” the letter continues. “And a few of us were put in positions where we felt physically unsafe.”
Schwahn currently runs the E! show The Royals.
“We are monitoring the information carefully,” said the companies behind The Royals. “E!, Universal Cable Productions and Lionsgate Television are committed to providing a safe working environment in which everyone is treated respectfully and professionally.”
One Tree Hill, which was created by Schwahn,ran for eight seasons on the WB and the CW, ending in 2012. Wauchope is now a writer for the CW show Crazy Ex-Girlfriend.