‘One Tree Hill’ Creator Mark Schwahn Allegedly Sexually Harassed Women On Set: They’re Talking & I Am Furious

UPDATE: One Tree Hill cast and crew members have released a letter of support for Audrey Wauchope, publicly accusing Mark Schwahn of sexual harassment.

“Many of us were, to varying degrees, manipulated psychologically and emotionally. 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. 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,” reads a portion of the open letter. The letter was released to Variety and signed by cast members Sophia Bush, Hilarie Burton, Bethany Joy Lenz, Danneel Harris, Michaela McManus, Kate Voegele, Daphne Zuniga, India de Beaufort, Bevin Prince, Jana Kramer, Shantel Van Santen, Allison Munn, and crew members Audrey Wauchope, Rachel Specter, Jane Beck, Tarin Squillante, Cristy Koebley, JoJo Stephens.

PREVIOUSLY: Over the past 48 hours, One Tree Hill fans have been expressing anger, disgust, and disappointment at series creator Mark Schwahn in the wake of allegations of sexual harassment and misconduct. For those who don’t know, the story began over the weekend, following the news that The Flash executive producer Andrew Kreisberg was being investigated for sexual harassment in the workplace, specifically with regards to his conduct in the writers’ room. After the news broke, Audrey Wauchope, currently a writer on The CW’s Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, took to twitter on Saturday, Nov. 11, to share her personal experience with sexual harassment behind the scenes at one of her first jobs as a staff writer. Wauchope did not specifically name One Tree Hill as the show she was working on when the harassment occurred; however, she did note that she was not talking about her job on Cougar Town, and, save for Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, OTH is the only other show on her IMDB page, so fans quickly figured it out.

In her lengthy Twitter thread — that I suggest everyone go out and read — Wauchope details a culture of fear and misogyny fostered by “the showrunner,” writing, “Female writers would try to get the spot where the showrunner wouldn’t sit as to not be touched.”

She added that he passed around naked photos of an actress he claimed to be having an affair with without her consent, and revealed that the showrunner was noticeably absent from a mandatory sexual harassment training meeting. “I’m furious and sad and everything else for the women who have sat on the couch next to that man. And I’m furious and sad and everything else that years later I don’t feel safe to be able to do anything real about this and that it seems to be happening all over this town,” Wauchope wrote.

The next day, OTH star Hilarie Burton (Peyton) tweeted her support to Wauchope, replying, “Burn it down, sis. Love your bravery. I back your play 100%. Let’s talk. Xo.” This tweet, as well as tweets of support from co-stars Sophia Bush (Brooke) and Bethany Joy Lenz (Haley) seem to confirm that Wauchope was, indeed, writing about her experience at OTH.

Since then, fellow OTH actresses Kate Voegele (Mia), Allison Munn (Lauren), Michaela McManus (Lindsey), and India de Beaufort (Miranda), have all tweeted out their support. Beaufort even shared her own story of on set harassment, though it’s unclear whether she was speaking of her time on One Tree Hill. Vogele also shared a personal experience — again, not specifically calling out Schwahn. She posted a tease for a new song, presumably called “Shoot This Arrow,” with the caption “finished this a few weeks ago in the studio. writing music has always been my therapy. #metoo #newmusicpreview #shootthisarrow [sic].” Most of the actresses noted above and Wauchope have responded to the song on social media.

Listening to the song (assuming it is about OTH and Schwahn) it’s clear Voegele is firing a warning shot: Schwahn’s time is up, and it’s his turn to be exposed.

More than rumors of harassment, recent Twitter activity has made it abundantly clear that Schwahn’s behavior likely had something to do with Burton’s exit from the show. Burton has been liking tweets from fans, seemingly confirming the theory that she left because of Schwahn’s harassment. She retweeted this tweet from a fan, linking Burton’s departure from the series to the new allegations of harassment. (Note: nothing has been explicitly confirmed, and these are all simply allegations.)

These are a few of the tweets she’s liked:

She even slyly confirmed that her #MeToo post on Instagram from Oct. 16, captioned “It leaves a mark,” was directed at Schwahn, telling a fan who asked, “I chose my words carefully.”

The fact that Schwahn’s *alleged* behavior was so toxic that it drove away one of the series’ main stars is infuriating, and completely unacceptable. For fans, it’s a betrayal — to the characters they invested in and the love they gave to the show.

Let me be clear: I 100% believe Wauchope, and the way that the actresses of One Tree Hill have been rallying to support each other on social media makes me inclined to add that I believe them too. It might seem like I’m jumping to conclusions, but all the evidence points to Schwahn being guilty of creating a hostile work environment for women on the set of OTH.

Schwahn, who is currently acting as showrunner on E!’s Royals, has yet to respond to the rumblings on Twitter (he is conveniently not on the social media platform), but E! has. “We are monitoring the information carefully,” a spokesman for the network told Us Weekly in a statement. This story is only going to get bigger. Schwahn will be forced to respond, and, with any luck, he will be held accountable as women continue to speak out. I also hope that some of the male stars of One Tree Hill will also come out to stand by their writers and co-stars. (I’m looking at you, James Lafferty, Chad Michael Murray, and Bryan Greenberg.)

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Who Is The Terrorist On ‘Quantico’? Let’s Break Down The Top Suspects

Quantico is winding up a web of story lines in an attempt to hide the true identity of the terrorist framing Alex Parrish (Priyanka Chopra) for the bombing of Grand Central Station, which kicked off ABC’s new series. I’ve been hooked since the pilot — sure, Quantico has the believability of Scandal and the annoying time-jumps of How To Get Away With Murder, but it also has one thing neither of those shows have: Chopra, a refreshing new female lead. As my love for Chopra continues to grow with each episode, so does my desire to solve the mystery and catch the real traitor among Quantico‘s cast of new recruits. Here’s my rundown of the top suspects, ranked from least likely to threat level: high.

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9. Simon Asher (Tate Ellington)

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‘The Newsroom’ Series Finale Recap: Happy Endings (And Job Promotions) For Everyone!

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The Newsroom series finale “What Kind Of Day Has It Been?” wrapped up the sometimes controversial and consistently preachy Aaron Sorkin series, giving viewers somewhat of a mental break after last week’s, some might say rage-inducing, episode.

It opened with Charlie’s funeral – and the revelation that Mac (Emily Mortimer) is pregnant! Mac has, for some reason, decided to call her doctor in the middle of the funeral, and immediately tells Will the news when she returns inside the church.

We flashback to three years earlier, Continue reading “‘The Newsroom’ Series Finale Recap: Happy Endings (And Job Promotions) For Everyone!”

Rape, The Internet, And How ‘The Newsroom’ Failed

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In The Newsroom’s most recent episode, “Oh Shenandoah,” Don Keefer (Thomas Sadoski) struggled with an assignment to report on campus rape.

A Princeton student, Mary, claims she was gang raped at a party after passing out from drinking and drug use. She called the police, alerted campus authorities and completed a rape kit, all of which led nowhere. Charges were never filed, the boys walked away, and Mary decided to create a website where she, and others, could publicly detail their rape and name any alleged rapists anonymously. Pruit (BJ Novak) wants Don to go to Princeton, and convince Mary to appear on ACN and face one of her alleged rapists, Jeff, in a live, on-air debate. A public trial created in the hopes of manufacturing higher ratings. Don is against this idea from the start, but he tracks Mary down after Charlie threatens his job. When he gets to Mary’s dorm room, he listens to her horrifying account, and then begs her not to do the story. Continue reading “Rape, The Internet, And How ‘The Newsroom’ Failed”

‘The Newsroom’ Recap: Will Is Released From Jail, Maggie And Jim Finally Kiss

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The Newsroom’s penultimate episode, “Oh Shenandoah” was full of fan wish-fulfillment, with Will being released from jail after 52 days in solitary and Maggie and Jim finally coming to their senses and getting together.

It’s been 52 days and Will (Jeff Daniels) is still in his cell after being found in contempt of court for refusing to reveal the source that leaked classified government documents to ACN’s Neal Sampat. At first, Will was alone in his cell, but has recently found himself with a roommate serving time for domestic battery – his third offense. Continue reading “‘The Newsroom’ Recap: Will Is Released From Jail, Maggie And Jim Finally Kiss”

‘The Newsroom’ Recap: Will Leaves His Wedding In Handcuffs, Jim And Hallie Finally Break Up

“Contempt,” The Newsroom‘s third to last episode, featured one wedding, two breakups and an arrest, but it still remains unclear whether or not creator Aaron Sorkin is leading the series to a satisfying finish.

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After Rebecca (Marcia Gay Harden) stuffed Will’s subpoena in her dress, she informed the team that Will (Jeff Daniels) would be dragged out in front of a grand jury on Monday, refuse to testify and find himself in court again on Tuesday after the prosecutor gets a court order compelling him to reveal his source. She’s gearing them up for a fight when everyone receives a tip on their cell phones: the story of Will being served has hit the internet via Carnivore – Hallie’s new place of work. Jim (John Gallagher Jr.), of course, is less than pleased and he and Hallie (Grace Gummer) are forced to have it out. She admits she may have led her colleagues in the right direction for the story, meaning she most definitely used information she learned from her relationship with Jim to give her new employer a story. (Remind me, why are they still together?)

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‘The Newsroom’ Recap: Confident Maggie For The Win

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The Newsroom picked up where it left of last week in “Main Justice,” with the FBI raiding the ACN office hard drives. In an effort to get the FBI out of their offices, Charlie (Sam Waterston) pretended to call the LA office and air a fake live report of the FBI in their newsroom. Sloane (Olivia Munn) heads to the desk while Jim (John Gallagher Jr.) and Don (Thomas Sadoski) run over to the control room to try to figure out how to fake broadcasting a report, but they are hopeless until Maggie (Alison Pill) arrives. The team is able to fake a breaking news report using the monitors in their offices, at least well enough to convince the FBI to stop seizing their hard drives for a quick minute.

Best moment of the night: after Maggie schools the boys on how to actually set up a broadcast, she promptly tells Jim his fly is undone and leaves, inspiring this wonderful exchange:

Jim: “I’m not sure how I feel about confident Maggie.”
Don: “She’s looking good.”

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‘The Newsroom’ Recap: NEAL RUN! Hallie, GTFO!

The Newsroom proved once again that Mac and Will are incapable of going 24 hours without debating the purpose of journalism – to report news within accepted guidelines or to protect democracy – in the third season’s second episode, “Run.”

While Will (Jeff Daniels), Mac (Emily Mortimer), Neal (Dev Patel) and Rebecca Halliday (Marcia Gay Harden) were arguing about whether or not it’s a journalist’s job to sacrifice his or her freedom to inform the electorate and ensure a working democracy (aka, Mac’s journalistic call of duty), Reese (Chris Messina) was stuck in the conference room with his younger half-siblings: twins Blair (Kat Dennings) and Randy, who are planning to take over the family company after their 25th birthday.

It’s clear from the very first scene that Blair is the brains of the operations and Randy is just along for the ride. Blair is more than willing to go toe to toe with Reese, and she is clearly holding onto some ancient family grudge against Reese and his mother. She’s going to share her and her brother’s shares of ACN to another company, that will then own a controlling interest in ACN and likely dismantle it and sell it off in parts. Reese and Charlie (Sam Waterston) both try to reason with Blair and Randy, but it’s useless until Leona (Jane Fonda) arrives. Leona breezes in and cuts to the chase: if what Blair and Randy want is money, she’s willing to pay two dollars more per share than the rival company, and she’ll get them the money before their birthday. Now we have a new problem: Leona needs to raise $4 billion in 10 days or the company is lost.

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An Open Letter To The Writers Of ‘Jane The Virgin’ – Let’s Talk About Raf

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Confession: I thought I would hate Jane the Virgin. The premise – a virgin gets artificially inseminated by accident – was just too wacky for me to wrap my head around, but I gave it a shot. It’s now one of my favorite new shows, along with Selfie (RIP) and How To Get Away With Murder. And, while I’ve gotten over the crazy premise (aforementioned), the larger-than-life characters (I’m looking at you, Rogelio) and the all too convenient coincidences (Raf is Jane’s babydaddy/boss/first kiss), one thing that I can’t get over is the ridiculous idea that Raf could actually be worthy of Jane, and here’s why:

1) Why did Rafael ever marry Petra?

Seriously, the girl has no redeeming qualities. Sure, Petra’s clearly skilled in the art of manipulation, but how did she manage to tame pre-cancer/playboy Raf? It’s gotta take more than some silky lingerie and well chosen words to get a rich Hugh Hefner wannabe to put a ring on it – just sayin’.

Follow up questions: Was Petra always a gold digger? Was her mother always in the picture, or did she something happen to her after the wedding? (Yes, these are more about Petra than Raf, but in my defense Petra is more of an extension of Raf than her own character.)

2) What is Rafael’s problem with Michael? Continue reading “An Open Letter To The Writers Of ‘Jane The Virgin’ – Let’s Talk About Raf”

‘The Newsroom’ Recap: Save Neal Sampat!

The Newsroom is back for its third and final season, and, with only six episodes left in the series, Aaron Sorkin is making each one count.

“Boston” found ACN jumping through hoops trying to keep up with the breaking news of the Boston Marathon bombing while Sloan Sabbith (Olivia Munn) and Neal Sampat (Dev Patel) chased their own stories on the side.

First, Mac (Emily Mortimer) and Will (Jeff Daniels) are still happily engaged and arguing about bridesmaids and groomsmen – Mac has nine bridesmaids (looks like someone finally got some female friends), but Will only has four guys he feels comfortable asking to stand up with him. Mac suggests Brian Williams, but Will shoots that down – he’s worried Mac will ditch him for Bri-Wills at the altar. Their pre-marital bickering is interrupted when Mac spots an explosion on one of the monitors – a bomb went off at the finish line of the Boston Marathon. Continue reading “‘The Newsroom’ Recap: Save Neal Sampat!”