Audrey Wauchope, a former writer on the series, took to Twitter on Saturday accusing a showrunner, believed to be Schwahn, 51, of harassment, although she never mentioned his name, the Daily Mail reports.
Several of the series' female cast members and crew penned an open letter, published by Variety, claiming that Schwahn "manipulated psychologically and emotionally" women and left some feeling "physically unsafe".
The letter was signed by both cast and crew: Audrey Wauchope, Rachel Specter, Sophia Bush, Hilarie Burton, Bethany Joy Lenz, Danneel Harris, Michaela McManus, Kate Voegele, Daphne Zuniga, India De Beaufort, Bevin Prince, Jana Kramer, Shantel VanSanten, Allison Munn, Jane Beck, Tarin Squillante, Cristy Koebley, and JoJo Stephens.
18 female cast and crew members of the TV show joined hands and come forward In the wake of multiple sexual harassment scandals. Often men would help out by sitting next to him, thus protecting the women", Wauchope tweeted before adding, "he'd just squeeze his disgusting body in between us and put his arms around us, grinning.More news: NC a finalist for $1.6 billion Toyota-Mazda plant, report says
Additionally, they claim that they were threatened or coerced into staying silent, and that numerous women who worked on the show "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". "More than one woman on our show had her career trajectory threatened". The letter claimed that these women felt they needed to be able to physically fight back against Schwahn's alleged advances when supervisors allegedly "were not the protectors they were supposed to be", and that they claims they unsafe in his presence. Bustle has reached out to an agent and lawyer for Schwahn for comment, but did not receive a response at the time of publication.
E!, the network that airs The Royals, a show created by Schwahn, issued the following statement to BuzzFeed News.
"E!, Universal Cable Productions and Lionsgate Television are committed to providing a safe working environment in which everyone is treated respectfully and professionally".
Murray posted a letter on Twitter, writing, "I stand with all the (sic) those who have suffered & pray that this evil will meet its demise in the strength of this movement".More news: Cammalleri traded to Oilers by Kings for Jokinen
"The women of OTH have always been strong and incredible".
Some other actors on the show have also taken to social media to support their fellow co-stars. "It turns out my story was a catalyst for others and I stand by them as they continue to speak".
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