“The Royals” showrunner Mark Schwahn has formally been fired amid sexual harassment allegations, Lionsgate introduced Thursday.
“We have now concluded our investigation and Mark is not going to be returning to ‘The Royals.’ The fourth season of the present has already accomplished manufacturing and can air as scheduled on E! within the spring,” the studio stated in a press release.
Schwahn, 54, has been suspended from the drama since mid-November, when greater than 40 girls — primarily his feminine colleagues from “One Tree Hill” — accused him of sexual harassment.
Lionsgate stated on the time it was taking the allegations in opposition to the showrunner “very severely” and would droop Schwahn because it opened an investigation.
“One Tree Hill” actress Sophia Bush celebrated Schwahn’s ousting on Twitter.
“43 girls got here ahead. To those who did and to those who did not or could not, I hope this information is a salve to your souls. To the opposite predators on the market? I hope it is a lession that typically, even when it takes time, justice is served. You are subsequent,” she wrote.
Nonetheless, the delayed response angered some near the state of affairs, together with actress Hilarie Burton, who claimed Schwahn as soon as forcefully kissed her and shoved his palms down her pants whereas they have been engaged on “One Tree Hill.”
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Shortly after Matt Lauer was fired late final month, Burton tweeted her frustration with NBC’s obvious hypocrisy (NBC Common owns E!).
“It is wonderful to me that NBC can fireplace Lauer, however Mark Schwahn — after over 40 girls have come ahead — continues to be on ‘suspension’ over at E! We simply ready for the entire thing to blow over? New day, new headline? Hearth the predator. #BurnItDownSis,” she wrote.
The accusations in opposition to Schwahn stem from his habits on the set of “One Tree Hill,” which he created and govt produced from 2003 to 2012.
After author Audrey Wauchope claimed on Twitter that he acted inappropriately, all the feminine forged and crew of the present launched a joint assertion accusing him of sexual harassment.
Wauchope alleged that he employed writers particularly as a result of he “needs to f–k you” and that girls averted sitting subsequent to him on workplace couches.
Within the assertion, which was signed by stars together with Burton, Bush, Bethany Pleasure Lenz and Jana Kramer, the ladies alleged that Schwahn typically put them in uncomfortable conditions on set and manipulated them psychologically and emotionally.