"Many of us were, to varying degrees, manipulated psychologically and emotionally", the letter continued. This is such a violation, both to the actress and to the men forced to look and participate, ' she wrote.
Bush, Burton and Lenz all responded to Wauchope, praising her bravery for speaking out, leading to Twitter users to suspect the showrunner was Schwahn. "More than one of us is still in treatment for post-traumatic stress", the letter 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, ' the letter read. Many of us were spoken to in ways that ran the spectrum from deeply upsetting, to traumatising, to downright illegal. We set up safe spaces to talk about his behaviour and how to handle it. "More than one woman on our show had her career trajectory threatened".
Schwahn created the series and was overseeing showrunner for its eight-season run. They echo the greater rallying cry that must lead us to change: Believe Women. Hahahaha we said. That's insane. That's right. The show runner did not attend the mandatory sexual harassment meeting. So far there is no statement from Mark.
Audrey added that she didn't blame the studio for not doing anything about it, but that she blames "a system that allows one person to have so much power they can do whatever they want".
The letter was signed by a total of 18 cast and crew including Bush, Burton, Bethany Joy Lenz, Danneel Harris, Michaela McManus, Kate Voegele, Daphne Zuniga, India DeBeaufort, Bevin Prince, Jana Kramer, Shantel Van Santen, Allison Munn and the "brave crew" which included Wauchope and Rachel Specter.
In the series of tweets Wauchope wrote: 'I'm furious and sad and everything else for the women who have sat on that couch next to that man. "Also, I'm irate and miserable and everything else that years after the fact I don't feel safe to have the capacity to do anything genuine about various things it is by all accounts happening everywhere on this town".
She also wrote that at one point, Mark, who now works as the creator and showrunner of The Royals, showed men on the staff naked photos of the actress he was having an affair with, "naked photos she didn't know were being passed around".
Schwahn is now the showrunner on E!'s "The Royals", with a spokesperson for the network saying in a statement: "We are monitoring the information carefully". E!, Universal Cable Productions and Lionsgate Television told Variety they are "monitoring the information carefully" and "are committed to providing a safe working environment in which everyone is treated respectfully and professionally".