The men of “One Tree Hill” have spoken out in support a day after cast and crew members wrote a joint letter accusing former showrunner Mark Schwahn of sexual harassment.
Chad Michael Murray, Bryan Greenberg, James Lafferty, and Austin Nichols are among the male cast members advocating on behalf of writer Audrey Wauchope — who posted on Twitter accusing Schwahn of sexual harassment — and the rest of the “One Tree Hill” team, who penned an open letter “to stand together in support.”
“The women of OTH have always been strong and incredible. Today they’ve made us all even more proud by standing as a beacon of what is right, and continuing to lead & change the atmosphere of society,” Murray wrote on Twitter, while Robert Buckley said, “To the women of OTH that have come forward and bravely used their voices, I want you to know I believe you, I respect you and I support you.”
Schwahn’s representatives didn’t respond to Variety’s requests for comment about the allegations.
Part of the letter, signed by 19 cast and crew members, reads, “To use terminology that has become familiar as the systemic reality of sexual harassment and assault has come more and more to light, Mark Schwahn’s behavior over the duration of the filming of One Tree Hill was something of an “open secret.” Many of us were, to varying degrees, manipulated psychologically and emotionally. More than one of us is still in treatment for post-traumatic stress.”
Read their responses below:
— Chad Michael Murray (@ChadMMurray) November 14, 2017
To the women of OTH that have come forward and bravely used their voices, I want you to know I believe you, I respect you and I support you.
— Robert Buckley (@robertbuckley) November 14, 2017
Shocked and saddened to hear what the women of OTH had to endure. I’m proud of them for speaking up. I support them fully. And I hope that their courage to tell the truth, will help put an end to the pervasive culture of harassment in the work place. There’s no place for it.
— Bryan Greenberg (@bryangreenberg) November 14, 2017
I stand with all my OTH sisters. We have to change. We have to be better. All of us. This is unacceptable.
— AUSTIN NICHOLS (@AustinNichols) November 14, 2017
I want to acknowledge the women of OTH who have penned their letter with deep wounds from a culture unacceptable for anyone, at any age, and in any business.
I have the utmost respect of your position in righting the wrongs you have endured. I stand for you, for better…
— Stephen Colletti (@StephenColletti) November 14, 2017
To my sisters/all the women of OTH that have come forward and showed their bravery. I want u to know that I love u and I support u 😁😁💯💯🙌🏾🙌🏾
— antwon tanner (@antwon_tanner) November 14, 2017
Much love to our brother bear #LeeNorris, who has always been supportive. He's one of the good ones too. #BurnItDownSis pic.twitter.com/HGzzbrzhKF
— Sophia Bush (@SophiaBush) November 14, 2017