To strengthen her case, numerous actresses from One Tree Hill tweeted their support. Allegedly, the showrunner did a myriad of things that made the girls feel uncomfortable and unsafe in their own workplace, including unwelcomed touching and improper advances. Her bold revelation quickly drew traction and support from other women including her former co-workers in One Tree Hill.
Numerous men of One Tree Hill, including Bryan Greenberg, Austin Nichols, and James Lafferty, are showing support for the female cast and crew members accusing the show's creator, Mark Schwahn, of sexual harassment and physical and emotional manipulation.
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.
To make matters worse, the actresses and female crew claim they were threatened as they were told that if they spoke out the long-running hit would be canceled and HUNDREDS of people would lose their jobs. Smh.
It continued: "Many of us were, to varying degrees, manipulated psychologically and emotionally".
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Straight-talking midfielder Oliver Norwood summed up the mood. "We were angered, upset and disappointed with what happened in Belfast".
There is only ONE Tree Hill and we are all more than one showrunner; we are a supportive community of fans and cast members. Many of us were spoken to in ways that ran the spectrum from deeply upsetting, to traumatizing, to downright illegal. "Furthermore, a couple of us were placed in positions where we felt physically hazardous".
Wauchope also states that when women did threaten to come forward, their careers were threatened.
It actually became a running joke amongst the cast with the show first airing on the now defunct WB Network in 2003 to 2006, with it jumping over to The CW in 2006, running for another 6 years until 2012. In addition, a former writer of the show named Audrey Wauchope has shared her harassment story just a day before the open letter comes in which she says that she has been harassed by Schwahn through the series of tweets.
Although, they also mention in the letter - which can be read in full at Variety - that the alleged harassment is something they've always remained open about behind closed doors, acting as a support system to each other. "We collectively want to echo the calls of women everywhere that vehemently demand change, in all industries". Crew members who signed included Wauchope, Rachel Specter, Jane Beck, Tarin Squillante, Cristy Koebley and JoJo Stephens. 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". "Maybe you're only here because you're a body, not a mind", she wrote.
Actor Robert Buckley, who played Clay Evans, wrote: "To the women of OTH that have come forward and bravely used their voices, I want you to know I believe you, I respect you and I support you".
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