“The Royals” and “One Tree Hill” creator, Mark Schwahn was suspended from the series after allegations about his misbehavior with co-workers surfaced.
Schwahn becomes the latest candidate of Hollywood’s infamous harassment list. The list began when actresses came forward to speak out against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. Others on the list include Hollywood actors Kevin Spacey and Steven Seaghal.
Schwahn’s suspension comes days after a group of 18 actors and crew makers from the television show “One Tree Hill” came forward to make accusations about his behavior.
Speaking of the move, the companies involved with production of “The Royals” stated that they took harassment allegations very seriously. The companies, E!, Universal Cable Productions, and Lionsgate Television, came together to state that they would investigate the claims “thoroughly and independently”. However, they declared that Schwahn would remain suspended as the investigation continued.
After the allegations made by the “One Tree Hill” staff, a star from “The Royals” came forward to accuse Schwahn as well. Alexandra Park, a prominent character on the show, took to her Twitter account to state that she too had “been exposed” to what she termed Schwahn’s “reprehensible behavior”. She added that she was “proud and grateful” that society had evolved enough for people to have the courage to come forward with their stories of abuse.
Schwan’s abuse was first detailed by former “One Tree Hill” staff writer, Audrey Wauchope on social media. She later wrote an open letter describing the abuse which was signed by a number of cast and crew members.
The signees include actresses Sophia Bush, Hilarie Burton, Bethany Joy Lenz, Danneel Harris, and Michaela McManus. The women stated that they had all been subjected to some form of abuse by Schwahn over the course of the series.
The show ran for nine seasons from 2003-12 on two major networks.
Despite repeated attempts, all calls to both Schwahn and his attorney for a comment have gone unanswered.