Writer alludes to harassment on “One Tree Hill”

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — It seems like every day another big name in the entertainment industry is making headlines for all the wrong reasons. Now, a well-known screenwriter and the creator of a popular show filmed in the Cape Fear is possibly among those accused of sexual harassment.

Audrey Wauchope was one of the writers on the show  “One Tree Hill” that called Wilmington home for nine seasons.

Over the weekend, Wauchope took to twitter to share her story about her first days at her first writing job.

“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,” Wauchope said. “To say we were excited was an understatement. To say we left that job demoralized and confused is also an understatement. One of the 1st things we were told was that the showrunner hired female writers on the basis of their looks.”

She wrote that others said she and her friend were hired because the show runner wanted to have sex with them. Wauchope said she and other women would try to avoid sitting near the showrunner in meetings.

“The staff sat on couches. Female writers would try to get the spot where the showrunner wouldn’t sit as to not be touched. Often men would help out by sitting next to him, thus protecting the women,” Wauchope said.

Wauchope added that sometimes they would not be so lucky.

“Sometimes we wouldn’t luck out and he’d just squeeze his disgusting body in between us and put his arms around us, grinning,” Wauchope said. “He pet hair. He massaged shoulders. I know he did more but not to me so they’re not my stories to share.”

She also said when the studio held a sexual harassment seminar the showrunner was a no-show.

“The day the studio lawyers came to give the sexual harassment seminar many of us had pointed questions we were going to ask. This will be the time we can speak and he will know we know! Guess who didn’t show up?” Wauchope said. “That’s right. The showrunner did not attend the mandatory sexual harassment meeting. I don’t blame the studio, I doubt they knew. I blame a system that allows one person to have so much power they can do whatever they want.”

Although Wauchope never named the show, or the man who she accuses of the harassment, she received responses of support from  “One Tree Hill” like Hilarie Burton, Bethany Joy Lenz, and Sophia Bush.

WWAY asked Wauchope for an interview, she declined and said she is not going on the record at this time. WWAY reached out to the accused showrunner’s agency and others connected to  “One Tree Hill”, so far no one has agreed to comment publicly.

To read all of Wauchope’s tweets, click here.

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