"Sometimes we wouldn't luck out and he'd just squeeze his disgusting body in between us and put his arms around us, grinning", she wrote.
One Tree Hill cast members have written a letter accusing former showrunner Mark Schwahn (left) of sexual harassment. The show's stars, Sophia Bush, Bethany Joy Lenz, and Hilarie Burton were among the authors.
According to the letter, numerous women who worked on the show are still dealing with the aftermath of the alleged workplace misconduct: "More than one of us is still in treatment for post-traumatic stress". The letter claimed that these women felt they needed to be able to physically fight back against Schwahn's alleged advances when supervisors allegedly "were not the protectors they were supposed to be", and that they claims they unsafe in his presence. "More than one woman on our show had her career trajectory threatened", the letter explained in detail. "This is such a violation, both to the actress and to the men forced to look and participate". E!, Universal Cable Productions and Lionsgate Television told Variety they are "monitoring the information carefully" and "are committed to providing a safe working environment in which everyone is treated respectfully and professionally".
"All of the female cast members of One Tree Hill have chosen this forum to stand together in support of Audrey Wauchope and one another".
"We understood that a lot of it was orchestrated in ways that kept it out of sight for the studio back home", the letter said, alluding to the fact that the series was shot in North Carolina.
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In an unprecedented show of unity on a television series or movie, almost all of the show's core cast-as well as some crew members-have shown support for the female cast and crew after the letter was published. After eight successful seasons and a couple of beloved characters departing the show, One Tree Hill ended and the cast has moved on to bigger and better things. The actresses are joined by several other crew members in backing up the writer and even calling the showrunner's atrocious behavior somewhat of an "open secret".
Lafferty also took to Twitter to post a full statement on how he applauds "every woman on OTH. who stands up to a system that has failed them". "We collectively want to echo the calls of women everywhere that vehemently demand change, in all industries".
Bush, Burton, Joy Lenz, and Wauchope are just four of the 18 of the women who signed the statement.
Schwann is now working on The Royals and E!, Universal Cable Productions and Lionsgate Television, the companies behind the show, said in a statement on Monday that they "are monitoring the information carefully".
'And Brave Crew, Audrey Wauchope, Rachel Specter, Cristy Koebley, JoJo Stephens, Jane Beck, Tarin Squillante.