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Posted Thursday 12/21/17 at 5:41PM EST
The Royals creator Mark Schwahn fired following sexual harassment allegations
“We have concluded our investigation and Mark will not be returning to The Royals,” a spokesperson for Lionsgate TV said of Schwahn, who created and served as showrunner on E!’s The Royals after previously creating One Tree Hill. “The fourth season of the show has already completed production and will air as scheduled on E! in the spring.” The investigation was started after former One Tree Hill writer Audrey Wauchope accused Schwahn of sexual harassment, prompting 18 women who worked on the series to share their own stories of Schwahn's alleged inappropriate behavior on the set of the former CW series. Shortly after, 25 cast and crew members of The Royals also accused Schwahn of sexual harassment.
Posted Wednesday 11/15/17 at 8:36PM EST
E!’s The Royals creator Mark Schwahn suspended after One Tree Hill cast and crew's sexual harassment allegations
Season 4 of The Royals won’t be affected by Schwahn's suspension, as production has already wrapped. “E!, Universal Cable Productions and Lionsgate Television take sexual harassment allegations very seriously, investigate them thoroughly and independently, and take appropriate action. Lionsgate has suspended Mark Schwahn from The Royals as we continue our investigation,” the three companies said in a statement.
Posted Tuesday 11/14/17 at 2:17AM EST
One Tree Hill creator accused of sexual harassment by his cast and crew
Stars Sophia Bush, Hilarie Burton and Bethany Joy Lenz joined other cast members and “brave crew” in writing an open letter in support of writer Audrey Wauchope, who tweeted over the weekend of One Tree Hill creator Mark Schwahn’s alleged sexual harassment on set. In the open letter, the cast and crew members said Schwahn's alleged behavior “was something of 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. 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.” Schwahn is currently creator/showrunner of E!’s The Royals. “We are monitoring the information carefully,” the three companies behind the show said in a statement to Deadline. “E!, Universal Cable Productions and Lionsgate Television are committed to providing a safe working environment in which everyone is treated respectfully and professionally.”