'One Tree Hill' cast, crew, publish open letter about showrunner Mark Schwahn

Audrey Wauchope

Wauchope alleged that she and others were subject frequent and unwanted touching, and accused a powerful man from the show of showing nude photos of an actress with whom he was having an affair to cast and crew, as well as discouraging Specter from getting married so that he could date her.

Now, in a show of support for Audrey, the female cast and crew of One Tree Hill - including lead stars Sophia Bush, Hilarie Burton and Bethany Joy Lenz - have written a letter "to stand together in support of Audrey Wauchope and one another".

"Mark Schwahn's behavior 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 spoken to in ways that ran the spectrum from deeply upsetting, to traumatizing, to downright illegal", the statement read. "Furthermore, a couple of us were placed in positions where we felt physically hazardous". Though Rachel didn't name Mark, it's clear he's the one she's referring to based on the fact that she said it was her first show, and she wrote another tweet praising the men on Cougar Town, another show she worked on.

Hear! Hear! Chad Michael Murray and James Lafferty have also weighed in on this scandal. Murray, for his part, retweeted a comment by Burton and Bush.

"I am so proud to call these women my family", Bush wrote in a message posted to her Instagram account. "You can not imagine", Bush wrote on Monday, November 13, including a link to the Variety story. This often makes me sound angry or not warm.

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Lafferty, who played Lenz's TV husband, shared a lengthy statement of his own.

"I applaud every woman on 'OTH, ' every woman on earth, who stands up to a system that has failed them in the past and in this moment. I know he did more but not to me so they're not my stories to share", she wrote. We are all in this together.

"So numerous individuals that made One Tree Hill, cast and crew, embody the virtues of the story we were trying to tell", he continued. Her bold revelation quickly drew traction and support from other women including her former co-workers in One Tree Hill. "I hope that now we can add "change" to that list of virtues".

She detailed inappropriate things he allegedly said he would do while Audrey and her writing partner, Rachel Specter, were working on the show - she said that they were told female writers were hired due to their looks, and she said in meetings the female writers would avoid sitting near the showrunner "as not to be touched". 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. "E!, Universal Cable Productions and Lionsgate Television are focused on giving a protected workplace in which everybody is dealt with deferentially and professionally".

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