Sophia Bush, Hilarie Burton React To Firing Of Mark Schwahn: “Justice Is Served”

Former One Tree Hill actresses Sophia Bush and Hilarie Burton took to Twitter to voice their opinions about the recent firing of Mark Schwahn for sexual harassment allegations. They welcomed the axing of the One Tree Hill creator and hoped that this served as an example of what should happen when it comes to “predators.”
“43 women came forward. To the ones who did and to the ones who didn’t or couldn’t, I hope this news is a salve to your souls,” tweeted Bush. “To the…

Former One Tree Hill actresses Sophia Bush and Hilarie Burton took to Twitter to voice their opinions about the recent firing of Mark Schwahn for sexual harassment allegations. They welcomed the axing of the One Tree Hill creator and hoped that this served as an example of what should happen when it comes to “predators.” “43 women came forward. To the ones who did and to the ones who didn't or couldn't, I hope this news is a salve to your souls,” tweeted Bush. “To the…

E! fires The Royals creator Mark Schwahn over sexual harassment allegations

Variety reports today that Mark Schwahn, the creator of E!’s monarchy-focused soap series The Royals, has now been fired from the network over a series of sexual harassment allegations. Schwahn was suspended from the show—which recently finished shooting on its fourth season—last month, after Audrey Wauchope, a writer…

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Variety reports today that Mark Schwahn, the creator of E!’s monarchy-focused soap series The Royals, has now been fired from the network over a series of sexual harassment allegations. Schwahn was suspended from the show—which recently finished shooting on its fourth season—last month, after Audrey Wauchope, a writer…

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Mark Schwahn Fired From ‘The Royals’ Following Sexual Harassment Investigation

Showrunner Mark Schwahn has been fired from E!’s “The Royals” following accusations of sexual misconduct and the subsequent investigation.

“We have concluded our investigation and Mark will not be returning to ‘The Royals.’ The 4th season of the show has already completed production and will air as scheduled on E! in the spring,” Lionsgate said in a statement Thursday.

Schwahn was suspended on Nov.15 by Lionsgate TV amidst an investigation into accusations of sexual harassment from “One Tree Hill” writer Audrey Wauchope. The female stars of the drama, including Sophia Bush, Hilarie Burton and Bethany Joy Lenz, released a joint statement shortly after Wauchope’s claim saying they had also been “manipulated psychologically and emotionally” by Schwahn, who was with the show throughout its eight-season run.

Also Read: ‘The Royals’ Female Cast, Crew Call Showrunner Mark Schwahn Sexual Harasser in Letter

Burton later came forward with her own detailed sexual assault allegations against Schwahn, saying he forced himself on her on multiple occasions.

A total of 25 female cast and crew members of “The Royals” released a similar statement in November. The letter accuses Schwahn of “repeated unwanted sexual harassment of multiple female members of cast and crew.” Signed by “The Ladies of ‘The Royals,” the letter follows a similar one signed by the female cast and crew of “One Tree Hill.”

“Despite hearing rumors about his behavior on One Tree Hill, those of us involved from the early stages went into the filming of the pilot hoping they were just that — rumors. By the time we wrapped this had irrevocably proven not to be the case,” the letter reads.

Also Read: ‘The Royals’ Star Elizabeth Hurley ‘Had Absolutely No Idea’ About Mark Schwahn Allegations

Schwahn’s termination will not affect the fourth season of “The Royals,” as production wrapped in September. It is not yet clear whether a new showrunner will be named or if Season 4 will be the drama’s final round.

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Showrunner Mark Schwahn has been fired from E!’s “The Royals” following accusations of sexual misconduct and the subsequent investigation.

“We have concluded our investigation and Mark will not be returning to ‘The Royals.’ The 4th season of the show has already completed production and will air as scheduled on E! in the spring,” Lionsgate said in a statement Thursday.

Schwahn was suspended on Nov.15 by Lionsgate TV amidst an investigation into accusations of sexual harassment from “One Tree Hill” writer Audrey Wauchope. The female stars of the drama, including Sophia Bush, Hilarie Burton and Bethany Joy Lenz, released a joint statement shortly after Wauchope’s claim saying they had also been “manipulated psychologically and emotionally” by Schwahn, who was with the show throughout its eight-season run.

Burton later came forward with her own detailed sexual assault allegations against Schwahn, saying he forced himself on her on multiple occasions.

A total of 25 female cast and crew members of “The Royals” released a similar statement in November. The letter accuses Schwahn of “repeated unwanted sexual harassment of multiple female members of cast and crew.” Signed by “The Ladies of ‘The Royals,” the letter follows a similar one signed by the female cast and crew of “One Tree Hill.”

“Despite hearing rumors about his behavior on One Tree Hill, those of us involved from the early stages went into the filming of the pilot hoping they were just that — rumors. By the time we wrapped this had irrevocably proven not to be the case,” the letter reads.

Schwahn’s termination will not affect the fourth season of “The Royals,” as production wrapped in September. It is not yet clear whether a new showrunner will be named or if Season 4 will be the drama’s final round.

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Mark Schwahn Fired From ‘The Royals’ Amid Sexual Harassment Allegations

E! has parted ways with Mark Schwahn.
The Royals creator/executive producer/showrunner was suspended last month following sexual harassment allegations against him made by the female cast and crew of his previous series, One Tree Hill. Now the network, producer Lionsgate TV and Universal Cable Productions have opted to fire him.
“We have concluded our investigation and Mark will not be returning to The Royals,” Lionsgate said in a statement. “The 4th season of the show…

E! has parted ways with Mark Schwahn. The Royals creator/executive producer/showrunner was suspended last month following sexual harassment allegations against him made by the female cast and crew of his previous series, One Tree Hill. Now the network, producer Lionsgate TV and Universal Cable Productions have opted to fire him. "We have concluded our investigation and Mark will not be returning to The Royals,” Lionsgate said in a statement. “The 4th season of the show…

‘Royals’ Creator Mark Schwahn Fired Amid Sexual Harassment Allegations

“The Royals” creator and showrunner Mark Schwahn has been fired after being suspended shortly after Variety reported on detailed allegations of sexual harassment during his time on “One Tree Hill.” “We have concluded our investigation and Mark will not be returning to ‘The Royals,’” a spokesperson for Lionsgate TV said in a statement. “The fourth season of the […]

“The Royals” creator and showrunner Mark Schwahn has been fired after being suspended shortly after Variety reported on detailed allegations of sexual harassment during his time on “One Tree Hill.” “We have concluded our investigation and Mark will not be returning to ‘The Royals,'” a spokesperson for Lionsgate TV said in a statement. “The fourth season of the […]

Hilarie Burton Says ‘One Tree Hill’ Creator Mark Schwahn Forced Himself on Her

“One Tree Hill” star Hilarie Burton detailed sexual assault allegations against showrunner Mark Schwahn on Friday, saying that he forced himself upon her on multiple occasions, once while on a call with then-CW President Dawn Ostroff.

Burton said in an interview with Variety that Schwahn began pursuing an inappropriate relationship with her in the show’s third season, when he decided that she was “his muse.” Then, while on location during filming of the show’s fourth season, he kissed Burton in a limo while pitching the show’s fifth season to the network.

“I’m leaning in listening, and when it’s Dawn Ostroff’s turn to talk, he just leans over and starts kissing me,” she said. “I push him off, but I can’t say anything, because he’s on the phone fighting for our show to stay on the air. I’m just in this position where I’m thinking, ‘You’ve got to take it, Hil. Just laugh it off. You’ll get to Wilmington [North Carolina] in 45 minutes.’”

Also Read: ‘One Tree Hill’ Showrunner Mark Schwahn Accused of Sexual Harassment by Cast, Crew Members

She also said that Schwahn stuck his hand in her pants in 2006, which was corroborated by Burton’s co-star Danneel Ackles, and that he kissed her at a party for the show’s cast and crew.

After Burton told him to stop making inappropriate contact with the women on the show, Burton told Variety that he “screamed” at her for half an hour. “He went crazy,” she said. “I know exactly what this man’s hands look like, and they are my f—ing nightmare. I think of hands when I think of him, because they were relentless.”

Ackles also spoke to Variety about Schwahn’s relentless pursuit of a relationship with her, including showing up to her apartment and refusing to leave. Several writers also spoke out against Schwahn’s behavior, saying that he repeatedly sexualized the women on staff and made inappropriate contact.

Also Read: Mark Schwahn Suspended From ‘The Royals’ Amid Sexual Harassment Investigation

Former “One Tree Hill” writer Audrey Wauchope was the first to accuse Schwahn of misbehavior on Twitter earlier this week. However, she was soon backed up by the female stars of the hit show, including Sophia Bush, Burton and Bethany Joy Lenz, who released a joint statement saying they had also been “psychologically and emotionally” by the showrunner, calling it “an open secret.”

“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 statement read. “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.”

Also Read: ‘The Royals’ Female Cast, Crew Call Showrunner Mark Schwahn Sexual Harasser in Letter

Schwahn was later suspended from his current E! series “The Royals” as the network and producers launched an investigation into his behavior.

A total of 25 female cast and crew members of “The Royals” issued their own statement accusing Schwahn of similar behavior.

“Despite hearing rumours about his behaviour on One Tree Hill, those of us involved from the early stages went into the filming of the pilot hoping they were just that – rumours. By the time we wrapped this had irrevocably proven not to be the case,” the letter read.

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‘One Tree Hill’ Showrunner Mark Schwahn Accused of Sexual Harassment by Cast, Crew Members

“One Tree Hill” star Hilarie Burton detailed sexual assault allegations against showrunner Mark Schwahn on Friday, saying that he forced himself upon her on multiple occasions, once while on a call with then-CW President Dawn Ostroff.

Burton said in an interview with Variety that Schwahn began pursuing an inappropriate relationship with her in the show’s third season, when he decided that she was “his muse.” Then, while on location during filming of the show’s fourth season, he kissed Burton in a limo while pitching the show’s fifth season to the network.

“I’m leaning in listening, and when it’s Dawn Ostroff’s turn to talk, he just leans over and starts kissing me,” she said. “I push him off, but I can’t say anything, because he’s on the phone fighting for our show to stay on the air. I’m just in this position where I’m thinking, ‘You’ve got to take it, Hil. Just laugh it off. You’ll get to Wilmington [North Carolina] in 45 minutes.'”

She also said that Schwahn stuck his hand in her pants in 2006, which was corroborated by Burton’s co-star Danneel Ackles, and that he kissed her at a party for the show’s cast and crew.

After Burton told him to stop making inappropriate contact with the women on the show, Burton told Variety that he “screamed” at her for half an hour. “He went crazy,” she said. “I know exactly what this man’s hands look like, and they are my f—ing nightmare. I think of hands when I think of him, because they were relentless.”

Ackles also spoke to Variety about Schwahn’s relentless pursuit of a relationship with her, including showing up to her apartment and refusing to leave. Several writers also spoke out against Schwahn’s behavior, saying that he repeatedly sexualized the women on staff and made inappropriate contact.

Former “One Tree Hill” writer Audrey Wauchope was the first to accuse Schwahn of misbehavior on Twitter earlier this week. However, she was soon backed up by the female stars of the hit show, including Sophia Bush, Burton and Bethany Joy Lenz, who released a joint statement saying they had also been “psychologically and emotionally” by the showrunner, calling it “an open secret.”

“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 statement read. “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.”

Schwahn was later suspended from his current E! series “The Royals” as the network and producers launched an investigation into his behavior.

A total of 25 female cast and crew members of “The Royals” issued their own statement accusing Schwahn of similar behavior.

“Despite hearing rumours about his behaviour on One Tree Hill, those of us involved from the early stages went into the filming of the pilot hoping they were just that – rumours. By the time we wrapped this had irrevocably proven not to be the case,” the letter read.

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‘One Tree Hill’ Cast, Crew Detail Assault, Harassment Claims Against Mark Schwahn (EXCLUSIVE)

For six seasons, Hilarie Burton played Peyton Sawyer, the female lead on “One Tree Hill,” a Warner Bros. teen drama created by Mark Schwahn. For the first two seasons, Burton said, she struggled against Schwahn’s efforts to gratuitously sexualize her character — fights that earned her a reputation for being “difficult.” But after the show’s […]

For six seasons, Hilarie Burton played Peyton Sawyer, the female lead on “One Tree Hill,” a Warner Bros. teen drama created by Mark Schwahn. For the first two seasons, Burton said, she struggled against Schwahn’s efforts to gratuitously sexualize her character — fights that earned her a reputation for being “difficult.” But after the show’s […]