OTH Stars Respond As Mark Schwahn Is Fired From E!’s The Royals After Sexual Assault Allegations

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Weeks after multiple women from the cast of One Tree Hill came forward to accuse show runner Mark Schwahn of sexual assault, E! is taking action against him. It’s official: Mark has been fired from The Royals, and the women who have been affected by his behavior in the past are already celebrating the fact that justice has been served.

On Thursday morning, Lionsgate TV released the following statement, via People:

We have concluded our investigation and Mark will not be returning to The Royals. The fourth season of the show has already completed production and will air as scheduled on E! in the spring.

In November, the women of OTH — including both cast and crew members — joined forces to share an open letter detailing the assault and harassment they suffered at Mark’s hands. Hilarie Burton, who played Peyton Sawyer, claimed that Mark forced himself on her on more than one occasion and even touched her inappropriately while his wife was present. Writer Audrey Wachope also accused him of inappropriate touching and other unwanted behavior in the time that she worked with him on the show.

The letter, released by Variety, said:

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. And a few of us were put in positions where we felt physically unsafe.

After the news broke, Hilarie took to Twitter to share her thoughts. According to her, she didn’t realize how bad the OTH set was until she had experienced what working on other sets was like. She ended her message with one of her character’s most famous quotes, much to the joy of the fans who have been rooting her on: “Your art matters. It’s what got me here.”

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Sophia Bush, who played fan-favorite Brooke Davis on One Tree Hill, then moved onto Chicago P.D., also chimed in on Twitter, adding that she hopes this will serve as a warning to other men who have been behaving the way Mark did:

When the OTH cast and crew came forward to share their story, it was heartbreaking to hear, but it seems like these women are finally able to find peace now that Mark has been fired from a majority of his current projects. Here’s to hoping that Sophia’s right — that this will serve as a warning that this kind of behavior is completely unacceptable and that those who have been perpetrators of it will face consequences like Mark Schwahn has.