Hilarie Burton Says Chad Michael Murray Defended Her 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 tackled the sexual harassment allegations she and 17 other females concerned in the production of “One Tree Hill” leveled from Schwahn.

In the chat, she recalled how Murray stepped in to guard her right after witnessing some of Schwahn’s inappropriate habits even though taking pictures the fourth period of the teenager drama collection in Honey Grove, Texas, in 2007.

“Chad walked up and goes, ‘What are you performing?’ He reported that to our boss in the bar,” Burton, who played Peyton Sawyer on “One Tree Hill” for six seasons, mentioned. “He viewed our manager grab me in entrance of a whole lot of persons, and you know, Chad didn’t have anything to eliminate because he realized our boss hated him in any case. A lot of men and women experienced a ton to shed, so you really don’t discuss up when you have a lot to reduce.”

Murray starred on “One Tree Hill” for 6 of the show’s 9 seasons, and his character, Lucas Scott, was a supporter beloved.

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

Actor Sophia Bush, who co-hosts “Drama Queens” and was married to Murray from 2005 to 2006, said she thinks that her former spouse and co-star’s heartthrob status on the collection afforded him the potential to secure Burton from Schwahn.

“[Murray] was shielded as the No. 1 on the simply call sheet,” Bush mentioned. “He experienced the most electricity, so he could come up and shove our manager off you and get in a struggle. And I’m happy that he did. I want every person to observe that lead.”

Burton and Bush were among the 18 women to accuse Schwahn of sexual harassment while on the set of “One Tree Hill,” which wrapped its nine-year run in 2012.

Speaking to Selection in 2017, Burton mentioned Schwahn 2 times pressured himself on her, kissing her on the mouth versus her will. She also explained Schwahn touched her inappropriately though in the existence of his spouse, Diana.

“The anxiety of staying compelled into one more 1 of these predicaments was crippling,” she claimed at the time. “I never preferred to be the guide feminine on any clearly show ever, at any time, ever again.”

Although Schwahn in no way publicly dealt with the allegations, he was fired as the showrunner of “The Royals” in 2017 right after 25 cast and crew members claimed he’d engaged in “repeated undesired sexual harassment” although on the established of that E! sequence.

Elsewhere in the “Drama Queens” dialogue, Bush counseled Murray for being an ally, and explained she was hopeful many others would observe his lead.

“I have sympathy for the fact that folks are afraid they are going to set a gap in the ship and then the ship is likely to sink, but get in excess of it and guard your men and women. Mainly because this strategy that on the lookout at the ground is Alright — it is not,” she defined. “Thank God, Hilarie, that you experienced that instant with Chad, who was by now so at odds with our boss.”

Pay attention to the comprehensive “Drama Queens” episode under.

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