The Royals star Alexandra Park has claimed she’s been “exposed” to the show’s creator Mark Schwahn’s “reprehensible behavior”.
The 28-year-old Australian actress stars as Princess Eleanor in the hit E! series, in which Elizabeth Hurley plays her on-screen mother. Following the news that Schwahn has been suspended from the program following a string of misconduct allegations made against him from the female cast and crew of his previous TV hit, One Tree Hill, Alexandra took to Twitter on Wednesday night (15Nov17) to share her own experiences of working with the producer.
— Alexandra Park (@AlexandraPark1) November 16, 2017
“I have a responsibility as someone who was working under Mark Schwahn on The Royals to acknowledge these claims,” she wrote. “I am devastated to admit to myself, to my colleagues, and to this industry that I too, have been exposed to this reprehensible behavior.”
Neither Hurley, or any other members of The Royals cast, has yet to respond to Park’s allegations.
It was revealed earlier on Wednesday that Lionsgate TV executives made the decision to remove Schwahn from the set of The Royals, with bosses explaining in a statement: “E!, Universal Cable Productions and Lionsgate Television take sexual harassment allegations very seriously, investigate them thoroughly and independently, and take appropriate action. Lionsgate has suspended Mark Schwahn from The Royals as we continue our investigation.”
Actresses Sophie Bush and Hilarie Burton were among the women who signed an open letter condemning Schwahn for his behavior on the set of One Tree Hill, and backing sexual harassment claims against him.
In their letter, Sophia, Hilarie and castmate Bethany Joy Lenz accused Schwahn of treating them in ways that were “traumatizing” and “downright illegal”.
The letter was signed by 12 actresses on the show, including Jana Kramer and Danneel Harris, and six crew members, including show writer Audrey Wauchope, who hit headlines over the weekend (11-12Nov17) when she tweeted about the harassment she had experienced on the set, without naming Schwahn.