Hilarie Burton States Chad Michael Murray Defended Her Right after Alleged Assault

Hilarie Burton is expressing her gratitude to “One Tree Hill” co-star Chad Michael Murray, who she says defended her next an assault by the show’s creator, Mark Schwahn.

On Wednesday’s episode of the “Drama Queens” podcast, Burton addressed the sexual harassment allegations she and 17 other ladies involved in the generation of “One Tree Hill” leveled versus Schwahn.

In the chat, she recalled how Murray stepped in to shield her immediately after witnessing some of Schwahn’s inappropriate conduct although shooting the fourth period of the teenager drama collection in Honey Grove, Texas, in 2007.

“Chad walked up and goes, ‘What are you executing?’ He mentioned that to our manager in the bar,” Burton, who performed Peyton Sawyer on “One Tree Hill” for 6 seasons, reported. “He watched our manager seize me in entrance of a large amount of folks, and you know, Chad did not have anything at all to drop due to the fact he understood our boss hated him in any case. A ton of people today had a good deal to reduce, so you really do not speak up when you have a good deal to eliminate.”

Murray starred on “One Tree Hill” for 6 of the show’s nine seasons, and his character, Lucas Scott, was a lover favorite.

Chad Michael Murray (left) and Hilarie Burton in 2005.
Chad Michael Murray (still left) and Hilarie Burton in 2005.

Actor Sophia Bush, who co-hosts “Drama Queens” and was married to Murray from 2005 to 2006, reported she believes that her former husband and co-star’s heartthrob standing on the series afforded him the means to defend Burton from Schwahn.

“[Murray] was protected as the No. 1 on the get in touch with sheet,” Bush said. “He had the most energy, so he could appear up and shove our boss off you and get in a combat. And I’m happy that he did. I want everybody to observe that direct.”

Burton and Bush were being amongst 18 women to accuse Schwahn of sexual harassment though on the established of “One Tree Hill,” which wrapped its 9-period operate in 2012.

Speaking to Wide variety in 2017, Burton said Schwahn two times pressured himself on her, kissing her on the mouth from her will. She also reported Schwahn touched her inappropriately whilst in the existence of his spouse, Diana.

“The anxiety of staying pressured into another one of these conditions was crippling,” she mentioned at the time. “I never ever needed to be the lead female on any show ever, ever, at any time once more.”

Although Schwahn by no means publicly resolved the allegations, he was fired as the showrunner of “The Royals” in 2017 just after 25 cast and crew associates claimed he’d engaged in “repeated undesired sexual harassment” although on the set of that E! series.

Elsewhere in the “Drama Queens” discussion, Bush commended Murray for currently being an ally, and said she was hopeful other individuals would stick to his direct.

“I have sympathy for the reality that men and women are frightened they’re going to put a gap in the ship and then the ship is going to sink, but get around it and protect your persons. Because this plan that searching at the ground is Ok — it is not,” she stated. “Thank God, Hilarie, that you experienced that instant with Chad, who was previously so at odds with our boss.”

Hear to the entire “Drama Queens” episode underneath.

Require enable? Check out RAINN’s National Sexual Assault On the net Hotline or the Nationwide Sexual Violence Source Center’s web site.

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