Mark Schwahn, the “One Tree Hill” creator who was the showrunner behind the E! drama “The Royals”, has been fired after an investigation of sexual harassment made by both cast and crew of the current show and the teen soap.
Last month, a total of 18 female cast and crew members who worked on the 2003-2012 CW drama claimed multiple instances of sexual harassment. Schwahn was first suspended in the wake of accusations.
“We have concluded our investigation and Mark will not be returning to The Royals,” Lionsgate TV, the studio behind the series, said in a statement. “The fourth season of the show has already completed production and will air as scheduled on E! in the spring.”
Two days after the “One Tree Hill” letter was released, “Royals “star Alexandra Park, issued a statement saying, “I have a responsibility as someone who was working under Mark Schwahn on The Royals to acknowledge these claims. I am devastated to admit to myself, to my colleagues, and to this industry that I too, have been exposed to this reprehensible behavior.” A letter signed by 25 cast and crew members from the E! show accused the showrunner of “repeated unwanted sexual harassment of multiple female members of cast and crew.”
Elizabeth Hurley released a statement expressing that while she never experienced or witnessed any sexual misconduct by Schwahn, she was “immensely saddened” by Park’s claims and felt that she “let down a younger cast member.” Hurley concluded saying “I may have let down Alexandra, but it won’t happen again on my watch.”
After the news of the firing broke, Bush celebrated the women who came forward, “43 women came forward. To the ones who did and to the ones who didn’t or couldn’t, I hope this news is a salve to your souls. To the other predators out there? I hope this is a lesson that sometimes, even if it takes time, justice is served. You’re next,” wrote the actress.
Bush former costar, Hilarie Burton, also reacted to the news on social media. The star went into detail, accusing the showrunner of assault and said that after working with him she “never wanted to be the lead female on any show ever, ever, ever again.”
Burton went on to praise the teams at “Grey’s Anatomy“, “Forever” and her current show “Lethal Weapon”.
“You have treated me with such respect and kindness. And my ability to speak up now, all these years later, is because I have seen what filmmaking should be. You can be talented AND kind. And thank you to my OTH sisters,” she added. “You women are amazing. When I left all those years ago, I could have never anticipated how strong this bond would remain. It’s a good day, gals. Your art matters. It’s what got me here.”
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