'The Royals' Creator Mark Schwahn Suspended Amid Sexual Misconduct Allegations

Carla Harmon
November 16, 2017

The cast and crew members of the hit American drama series have written a letter accusing Schwahn of sexual harassment offering support to former colleague Audrey Wauchope.

"E!, Universal Cable Productions and Lionsgate Television take sexual harassment allegations very seriously, investigate them thoroughly and independently, and take appropriate action", said the studios in a statement issued to various news sources.

"I have a responsibility as someone who was working under Mark Schwahn on 'The Royals' to acknowledge these claims", Park said in a statement posted on Twitter Wednesday.

The sexual harassment allegations surfaced over the weekend after TV writer Audrey Wauchope accused the "One Tree Hill" showrunner of inappropriate behavior during her first writing job.

Former "One Tree Hill" staffer Karin Gist, now showrunner of Fox's "Star", also wrote on Twitter, "As a woman writer who sat on that couch- I stand WITH you".

Schwahn created the series and was the overseeing showrunner for its entire eight-season run. More than one woman on our show had her career trajectory threatened. "Sometimes we wouldn't luck out and he'd just squeeze his disgusting body in between us and put his arms around us, grinning".

Schwahn hasn't responded to the allegations, and his representatives did not respond to a request for comment by Variety. One that encourages us to stand up to unacceptable, harmful leadership, in faith that that leadership will be removed and replaced.

Wauchope specifically stated that she felt empowered to come forward after The CW's recent suspension of Andrew Kreisberg, perfectly exemplifying the way solidarity among women in the entertainment industry has allowed all these recent revelations about corrupt men. The lack of action that has been routine, the turning of the other cheek, is intolerable. I am so proud to call these women my family. "Mark was always in the the centre of this and it seemed to me that the cast and crew had the most fun when Mark was directing an episode", Hurley wrote.

"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". It became all too apparent reading their statement earlier this week that the betrayal and anger so many of us had experienced during our time on The Royals is not exclusively ours.

Alexandra Park, an actress who now works under Mark on The Royals, also released a statement last night that confirmed she, too, has "been exposed" to the man's "reprehensible behavior".

The actresses' male costars, including James Lafferty and Chad Michael Murray, took to social media to show support after the letter was published.

On Monday, a spokesperson for E! told CNN, "We are monitoring the information carefully".

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