One Tree Hill Creator Mark Schwahn Sexual Misconduct Claims: 9 New Revelations
In an ever-growing list of powerful people in Hollywood being accused of sexual harrasment, assault or misconduct, one of the most shocking was One Tree Hill creator Mark Schwahn. On November 11, former One Tree Hill writer Audrey Wauchope took to her Twitter to expose Schwahn and since then many of the cast and crew involved in the show have come forward, sharing their stories and offering support. In a very short period of time, a lot has come out about the scandal, so here are 9 new revelations and everything you need to know about the Mark Schwahn scandal:
9. Audrey Wauchope’s Story
The entire scandal began on November 11, when TV writer Audrey Wauchope took to her Twitter account to share a lengthy thread in which she exposed the harassment and misconduct she had to deal with during one of her first writing jobs with her writing partner Rachel Specter. Although she did not name names of either the show or the showrunner she was writing about, it quickly became clear it was One Tree Hill and Mark Schwahn after she outright said, “I forgot we were staff writers on 2 shows. In the absence of a name I don’t want to implicate the good ones. The men of Cougartown are aces.” She began her story with, “In light of the Andrew Kreisberg reporting, a couple thoughts about my first writing job that I’ve wanted to say for years but have never had the guts to. When I was 29 my writing partner @RachelSpecter and I were hired as staff writers.” She continued, “To say we were excited was an understatement. To say we left that job demoralized and confused is also an understatement. One of the 1st things we were told was that the showrunner hired female writers on the basis of their looks. That’s why you’re here – he wants to f–k you. Rachel had been actress previous to writing and was told that he used to talk about her in the room before we were hired. So that’s a safe room to enter as staff writers. Imagine what that does to ones psyche.” Wauchope also shared further disturbing incidents that occurred behind the scenes, “Moving on. Men on staff were shown naked photos of on an actress he was having an affair with. Naked photos she didn’t know were being passed around . Naked photos they didn’t want to see. This is such a violation,both to the actress and to the men forced to look and participate.” Her full account can be read here.
8. Star Support
Immediately following Wauchope’s twitter thread and it had been determined that she was talking about Mark Schwahn and One Tree Hill, several of the show’s female stars came forward to offer their support, confirming her story. One of the first was Sophia Bush, known as Brooke Davis on the show, who tweeted, “For the record. I stand with Audrey. @audreyalison #BurnItDownSis. And to the bad guys? Yeah. #FuckYourSorry cc @HilarieBurton.” Burton, who portrayed Peyton Sawyer, then quickly retweeted the message and Bethany Joy Lenz, who played Haley James Scott, tweeted, “Thank you @audreyalison.” Before long fans began to question why they didn’t tell their story, and Sophia Bush replied, “I have the courage. I’m just taking a tip from Uma Thurman and waiting for my rage to burn off a little bit before I choose to share more than a few words. Thank you for the support.”