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

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

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“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.’”

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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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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 […]

‘The Royals’ Star Alexandra Park on Mark Schwahn: ‘I Have Been Exposed to This Reprehensible Behavior’

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Alexandra Park, star of E! drama series “The Royals,” has issued a statement indicating that she experienced harassment and misconduct from creator Mark Schwahn similar to that being alleged by the stars and crew of Schwahn’s previous series, “One Tree Hill.” “I have a responsibility as someone who was working under Mark Schwahn on ‘The […]

E! suspends Royals showrunner Mark Schwahn over sexual harassment allegations

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Recently, TV writer Audrey Wauchope shared some stories of sexual harassment she experienced and witnessed while working on One Tree Hill, accusing that show’s creator and showrunner Mark Schwahn of touching women without their permission, making inappropriate comments, and sharing a nude photo of a woman he was…

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

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“The Royals” showrunner Mark Schwahn has been suspended from the E! series amid an investigation into accusations of sexual harassment. The network and producer Lionsgate announced the move on Wednesday.

“E!, Universal Cable Productions and Lionsgate Television take sexual harassment allegations very seriously, investigate them thoroughly and independently, and take appropriate action,” the companies said in a joint statement. “Lionsgate has suspended Mark Schwahn from ‘The Royals’ as we continue our investigation.”

Production has already wrapped on the drama series’ fourth season, which is set to air as planned in 2018. Schwahn is the creator and an executive producer of the show that stars Elizabeth Hurley.

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Over the weekend, former “One Tree Hill” writer Audrey Wauchope tweeted that she was sexually harassed by showrunner Schwahn during her time with the teen drama, although she did not directly name him.

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

This led the female stars of “One Tree Hill,” including Sophia Bush, Hilarie Burton and Bethany Joy Lenz, to release a joint statement saying they had also been “manipulated psychologically and emotionally” by Schwahn, who was with the show throughout its eight-season run.

Numerous Hollywood figures have been accused of sexual assault and misconduct in recent weeks, including Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, Jeremy Piven, Ed Westwick, Louis C.K. and James Toback.

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‘The Royals’ Showrunner Mark Schwahn Suspended Amid Sexual Harassment Investigation

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Showrunner Mark Schwahn has been suspended from his E! drama “The Royals” amid mounting allegations of sexual misconduct. “E!, Universal Cable Productions and Lionsgate Television take sexual harassment allegations very seriously, investigate them thoroughly and independently, and take appropriate action,” said the studios in a statement to Variety. “Lionsgate has suspended Mark Schwahn from ‘The […]