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Mark Schwahn, One Tree Hill Creator, Accused of Rampant Sexual Misconduct

Over the past few weeks, accusations of sexual harassment have been leveled against numerous powerful men in Hollywood.

But few allegations have been like this:

On Monday night, the female cast and many crew members from One Tree Hill came together to write an open letter that called out series creator Mark Schwahn for years of unchecked sexual misconduct.

The actresses were inspired to take this unusual step after writer Audrey Wauchope (who currently works on Crazy Ex-Girlfriend) Tweeted on Saturday that she and a colleague were sexually harassed years ago during their time writing for an unnamed series.

Wauchope did not cite Schwahn by name in her barrage of Tweets, either.

But she did write the following:

“Female writers would try to get the spot where the showrunner wouldn’t sit as to not be touched. Often men would help out by sitting next to him, thus protecting the women.

“Sometimes we wouldn’t luck out and he’d just squeeze his disgusting body in between us and put his arms around us, grinning.

“He pet hair. He massaged shoulders. I know he did more but not to me so they’re not my stories to share.”

Wauchope went on to say that the showrunner passed around naked photos of an actress he had slept with, unbeknownst to the actress, and that he tried talking a writer out of getting married because he wanted a chance to have sex with her.

It’s now clear that Wauchope was referring to Mark Schwahn.

In a joint statement – signed by One Tree Hill stars such as Sophia Bush, Hilarie Burton and Bethany Joy Lenz – the female cast members of this former CW hit backed up Wauchope’s claims and alleged Schwahn manipulated many of them “psychologically and emotionally.”

Here is what the powerful letter says:

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.

To use terminology that has become familiar as the systemic reality of sexual harassment and assault has come more and more to light, Mark Schwahn’s behavior over the duration of the filming of One Tree Hill 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.

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It continues:

The through line in all of this was, and still is, our unwavering support of and faith in one another. We confided in each other.

We set up safe spaces to talk about his behavior and how to handle it. To warn new women who joined our ranks.

We understood that a lot of it was orchestrated in ways that kept it out of sight for the studio back home. We also understood that no one was fully unaware.

The lack of action that has been routine, the turning of the other cheek, is intolerable.

We collectively want to echo the calls of women everywhere that vehemently demand change, in all industries.

Many of us were told, during filming, that coming forward to talk about this culture would result in our show being canceled and hundreds of lovely, qualified, hard-working, and talented people losing their jobs.

This is not an appropriate amount of pressure to put on young girls.

Many of us since have stayed silent publicly but had very open channels of communication in our friend group and in our industry, because we want Tree Hill to remain the place “where everything’s better and everything’s safe” for our fans; some of whom have said that the show quite literally saved their lives.

But the reality is, no space is safe when it has an underlying and infectious cancer. We have worked at taking our power back, making the conventions our own, and relishing in the good memories.

But there is more work to be done.

And it concludes:

We are all deeply grateful for Audrey’s courage. For one another. And for every male cast mate and crew member who has reached out to our group of women to offer their support these last few days.

They echo the greater rallying cry that must lead us to change: Believe Women. We are all in this together.

The message is signed “With Love and Courage” by:

  • 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

It is also signed by the “Brave Crew And All the rest of the Women We Worked With Who Are Finding Their Voices as We Speak.”

Schwahn currently runs The Royals on E!.

In a statement Monday, the network said it is “monitoring the information carefully” and is “committed to providing a safe working environment in which everyone is treated respectfully and professionally.”

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One Tree Hill Actors: We Stand with Our Co-Stars!

One Tree Hill is back in the news these days…

… for all the wrong reasons.

Earlier this week, all the women who starred on this former CW hit came out and penned an open letter that accused creator Mark Schwahn of sexual harassment.

It detailed how uncomfortable he made everyone feel on set via inappropriate touching and various comments and even in showing off nude pictures of the women with whom he was sleeping.

We recap this ugly story below, while also featuring the supporting statements made by James Lafferty and other male co-stars on the series:

1. The History Behind One Tree Hill

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One Tree Hill ran for nine seasons and wrapped up in April of 2012. It’s one of the most beloved shows in CW history.

2. The Complaint:

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In a letter signed by 17 actresses and former One Tree Hill co-workers, the women write of Schwahn: “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.”

3. Moreover:

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The letter also alleges that Schwahn spoke to women on set in ways that were “deeply upsetting, to traumatizing, to downright illegal,” and alleged that they were put in positions that made them feel “physically unsafe.”

4. It Was Signed By:

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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; along with “Brave Crew And All the rest of the Women We Worked With Who Are Finding Their Voices as We Speak.”

5. What the Men are Saying

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Here is the message of support written by former co-lead James Lafferty.

6. And Lee Norris

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“Much love to our brother bear #LeeNorris, who has always been supportive. He’s one of the good ones too. #BurnItDownSis,” wrote Sophia Bush in response to this note.

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‘Scandal’ Star Josh Malina Accused of Waging Tree Warfare with Neighbor

Josh Malina’s smack in the middle of a real-life scandal with a neighbor — who says the actor’s accusing him of having a vendetta … against Josh’s landscaping. Malina, who plays David Rosen on “Scandal,” has allegedly been harassing one of his…

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Kim Kardashian: Nude! Again! In a Tree This Time!

Kim Kardashian has just done something she’s never done before.

Pose naked? Please.

Kim Kardashian has done that an average of, like, six times per year of the past decade.

But pose naked in a tree?

Yes, even for Kim Kardashian, this is a first.

The mother of two young kids shared the risque photo below on both her Facebook page and her Instagram account on Tuesday evening.

“So honored to have been photographed by Mert and Marcus for their book new book! 20 years in the making! It’s out on Sept 7th in NYC,” she wrote as a caption in both places.

(Mert and Marcus is the working name of two fashion photographers, Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, who often work together on a collaborative basis.)

On Facebook, at the time of this writing, the image had received 982 Comments, while it had been liked over 623,000 times in just over an hour.

Yup: folks sure do love it when Kim Kardashian takes off her clothing!

This was first proven true, of course, when the Kim Kardashian sex tape was released and millions of people shelled out money to see her receive an erection from Ray J in her most private of places.

Since then, Kardashian has gone naked for Playboy… and Paper Magazine… and Harper’s Bazaar… and nearly revealed her entire birthday suit on a handful of random Tuesdays on Instagram.

A month ago, there had been talk that Kardashian was on a crash diet in order to once again strip down in full public view.

“Kim’s obsessed with dropping a ton more weight and won’t consume more than 700 calories in a day,” an insider told Radar Online at the time, adding:

“She’s punishing herself with intense workouts. She’s pinned up the photos of her chubby butt from earlier this year as inspiration.”

As is often the case, reaction to this sort of Kim Kardashian NSFW image has been mixed:

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Some people can’t believe how great she still looks.

Other people can’t believe an adult mother of two, who is already rich and famous, would continue to get so naked.

Where do you come down? Is this just a woman rightfully proud of her body and showing it off to remain relevant?

Or is this someone desperate for attention who continues to set the women’s movement back generations?

Ponder. Decide. Debate.

And then compare this Kim Kardashian nude picture to the great many others from her past below:

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One Tree Hill Cast: Where Are They Now?

It's hard to believe that the popular teen drama One Tree Hill ended more than five years ago.

Since the end of the series, many of the show's cast members have gone to do some pretty incredible things. So where have they all ended up?

Keep reading to find out where Chad Michael Murray, Sophia Bush, Hilarie Burton, and the rest of the cast are now!

1. Chad Michael Murray

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Chad Michael Murray has also kept himself pretty busy since the end of One Tree Hill. He appeared on Southland, Chosen, and Scream Queens, and also starred as Jack Thompson on Agent Carter. Now, he plays Sam Phillips on the CMT series, Sun Records.

2. Sophia Bush

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Sophie Bush was unforgettable as Brook Davis on One Tree Hill. Following that series, she played Ali Landow on the short-lived comedy, Partners. Now, she stars as Erin Lindsay on Chicago P.D.

3. James Lafferty

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After playing Nathan Scott on One Tree Hill, James Lafferty appeared on the TV series,Crisis, and the films, Oculus, and Waffle Street. Most recently, he played U.S. Marshal Kyle Risdin on the WGN series, Underground.

4. Hilarie Burton

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Since playing Peyton Sawyer on One Tree Hill, Hilarie Burton has appeared on several shows including Castle, Grey’s Anatomy, and Forever. Most recently, she appeared on Lethal Weapon as Karen Palmer.

5. Robert Buckley

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In addition to his role on 666 Park Avenue, Robert Buckley kept things close to home by appearing on The CW’s Hart of Dixie, and now, starring as Major Lilywhite on iZombie.

6. Bethany Joy Lenz

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Bethany Joy Lenz has been busy since the end of One Tree Hill as well. She’s appeared on Dexter, CSI, Agents of SHIELD, and American Gothic. Now, she plays Morgon and the USA series, Colony.

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