In a statement released Thursday and signed by 25 female cast and crew members from the E! drama, women who worked on the show say Schwahn engaged in “repeated unwanted sexual harassment of multiple female members of cast and crew.”
On Wednesday, Schwahn was suspended from his role as showrunner on “The Royals,” two days after 18 cast and crew members of his previous series, “One Tree Hill,” issued a letter to Variety accusing Schwahn of sexual harassment. That letter followed a Twitter thread posted Saturday by Audrey Wauchope in which she detailed sexual harassment and hostile workplace practices by Schwahn, who she initially did not identify by name.
On Wednesday, hours after Schwahn was suspended from “The Royals,” series star Alexandra Park issued a statement about Schwahn saying, ““I am devastated to admit to myself, to my colleagues, and to this industry that I too, have been exposed to this reprehensible behavior.”
Also on Thursday, actress Elizabeth Hurley issued her own statement on Twitter saying that she was not aware of Schwahn’s alleged harassment on the set of “The Royals.” “[I] feel like I have let down a younger cast member. I could have helped her. I would have helped her. But I didn’t know.”
Produced by Lionsgate Television and Universal Cable productions, “The Royals” wrapped production on season four in September. The new season is slated to premiere in March.
Read the full statement from “The Royals” cast and crew, as well as the statement from Hurley, below:
Upon reading a statement from the ladies of One Tree Hill, a statement from their Royal sisters could not possibly go unwritten.
Despite hearing rumours about his behaviour on One Tree Hill, those of us involved from the early stages went into the filming of the pilot hoping they were just that – rumours. By the time we wrapped this had irrevocably proven not to be the case. 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. And we were angry then, and we are angry now.
This statement is a collection of voices from those women involved in The Royals who would like to finally respond to the behaviour of our showrunner. Who felt the inclination to abuse his power and influence in an environment where he had it over women who felt they did not. This manifested itself in the repeated unwanted sexual harassment of multiple female members of cast and crew.
Where we should have been excited to meet new female cast and crew members, we felt nauseating concern in case they too should have him track down their mobile number. Where we should have offered our friends who auditioned for The Royals scene help and advice, we offered warnings about the man they would meet in the room. More than all of this, where we should all collectively have felt pride over jobs hard won and roles much loved, we felt undermined as artists and creatives. And in many cases, no more than a sum of body attributes.
Whilst voraciously condemning the actions of one man, we would like to make note of our gratitude to others. Thank you to so many of the Royal men who ensured we were never alone in social situations with him and took two steps towards us for his every one. Thank you to the friends, loved ones and partners who supported us at the time and ever more so now in coming forwards.
But thank you most of all to the women of One Tree Hill, whose solid gold backbones have moved us enormously. To you we doff our crowns.
The Ladies of The Royals.
Hatty Preston, Sophie Colquhoun, Alex Watherson, Lydia Rose Bewley, April Church, Annalise Beusnel, Poppy Corby-Tuech, Florence Chow, Charlie Jones, Isabella Artitzone, Jade Armstrong, Rachel Walsh, Tania Vernava, Bonnie Vannucci, Merritt Patterson, Kate Benton, Jerry-Jane Pears, Jodie Simone, Kate Royds, Leonie Hartard, Lisa Mitton, Marie Deehan, Alice Woodward, Rachel Lennon, Kimberly Macbeth.