As previously reported, writer Audrey Wauchope detailed alleged sexual harassment that she and her writing partner, Rachel Specter, went through with a showrunner, which was later identified as Schwahn.
The women claim they had been told that if they came forward with their stories about Schwahn, their show would likely be cancelled.
One of the CW's most successful showrunners has been called out by the cast and writers of one of his biggest hits on November 11. 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.
Not only was Wachope allegedly made to question her abilities as a writer, she claims that she and the other female writers in the room were made to feel unsafe by the showrunner. "To say we left that job demoralized and confused is also an understatement", Wauchope tweeted.
She detailed inappropriate things he allegedly said he would do while Audrey and her writing partner, Rachel Specter, were working on the show - she said that they were told female writers were hired due to their looks, and she said in meetings the female writers would avoid sitting near the showrunner "as not to be touched". Additionally, Wauchope clarified in a tweet that the working environment at her second job, Cougar Town, was a positive one. Men on staff were shown naked photos of on an actress he was having an affair with. She also went on to say that she now tells people that she doesn't like to be touched, because it's the only way she knows how to avoid unwanted advances. Naked photos they didn't want to see. This is such a violation, both to the actress and to the men forced to look and participate, ' she wrote.
'Maybe he could have a shot? Hahahaha we said. That's insane. "Often men would help out by sitting next to him, thus protecting the women", Wauchope wrote.
One Tree Hill aired from 2003-2012 and followed the lives of a group of young men and women growing up in North Carolina.
Schwahn created the series and was overseeing showrunner for its entire eight-season run.
Since the letter's release, male cast members have commented to show their support. "We collectively want to echo the calls of women everywhere that vehemently demand change, in all industries". "I will always be a champion of a fair, respectful workplace and encourage any human to make their most earnest attempt to preserve the balance necessary for us all to live and work together safely".
The letter was signed by 12 actresses on the show, including Jana Kramer and Danneel Harris, and six crew members, including Wauchope.
In a statement carried by Variety, E!, Universal Cable Productions and Lionsgate Television - the firms behind The Royals - said: "We are monitoring the information carefully".