Following the accusations of sexual harassment lodged by a former “One Tree Hill” writer — which were backed up by several of the show’s female stars — executive producer Mark Schwahn has been hit by similar charges by 25 female cast and crew of his current series, “The Royals”, resulting in his suspension from the show.
In their statement, the women referenced Schwahn’s “repeated unwanted sexual harassment of multiple female members of cast and crew,” leading them to feel “undermined as artists and creatives.” That statement was soon joined by another from star Alexa Park (who plays Princess Eleanor on the soapy drama about a fictitious British royal family), writing that “I too, have been exposed to this reprehensible behaviour.”
While the show’s star Elizabeth Hurley was not among the 25 signatories, she took to Twitter to release her own statement on Thursday addressing the charges, admitting she feels “sick” about what’s taken place but never witnessed anything untoward on the set, and “had absolutely no idea that [Park] was feeling frightened and sexually intimidated by Mark during this time,” she writes.
“I have never thought of myself as unobservant,” she writes of Park’s claims, “but I missed this and 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.”
Adds Hurley: “I have never personally felt scared, intimidated, psychologically manipulated or been the recipient of inappropriate behaviour in 30 years of making movies and television. This includes my years working closely with Mark Schwahn. Yes, he flirts and tells risque jokes- but so do I. To hear that there was more than this is a shocking surprise. I never witnessed it… I feel sick now to hear now that people were unhappy at that time and didn’t dare speak up.”
You can read Hurley’s statement in its entirety below: