The Lionsgate TV reacts over the allegations charged against Mark Schwahn!
'The Royals' showrunner Mark has been suspended from his E! drama amid the mounting allegations of sexual harassment.
E!, Universal Cable Productions and Lionsgate Television jointly released a statement to announce Mark's suspension on Wednesday, the 15th of November. The statement read:
“E!, Universal Cable Productions and Lionsgate Television take sexual harassment allegations very seriously, investigate them thoroughly and independently, and take appropriate action.”
The statement further read:
“Lionsgate has suspended Mark Schwahn from The Royals as we continue our investigation.”
The allegations are indeed from the time when Mark was working with the casts of The CW's 'One Tree Hill.' A total of 18 women from the team have sent a letter to 'Variety 'on Monday, accusing his years of sexual harassment over them.
The letter read:
“Many of us were, to varying degrees, manipulated psychologically and emotionally. More than one of us is still in treatment for post-traumatic stress. 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.”
The letter was signed by the series' stars, including Sophia Bush, Hilarie Burton, and Bethany Joy Lenz.
One of the accusers from the group, who earlier came forward to allegate Mark, was TV writer Audrey Wauchope. Audrey shared her side of stories on Twitter on November 12, revealing how he misbehaved with Audrey and her writing partner Rachel Specter.
In light of the Andrew Kreisberg reporting, a couple thoughts about my first writing job that I've wanted to say for years but have never had the guts to. When I was 29 my writing partner @RachelSpecter and I were hired as staff writers.— Audrey Wauchope (@audreyalison) November 12, 2017
Meanwhile, a star of 'The Royals' Alexandra Park has also joined the accuser's group, as she stated her case on her social media page.
On Wednesday, she shared a post on Twitter to say:
“I have a responsibility as someone who was working under Mark Schwahn on ‘The Royals’ to acknowledge these claims. I am devastated to admit to myself, to my colleagues, and to this industry that I too, have been exposed to this reprehensible behavior.”
Back to Mark's suspension, it is not clear that what exactly it entails, as 'The Royals' has already wrapped production on its fourth season in September. Thence the season will not be impacted and is set to premiere in March next year.
The production house hasn't made any decisions, in Season 5 of the series yet!
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