Mark Schwahn suspended from The Royals following 18 sexual assault allegations

The Royals creator and showrunner Mark Schwahn has been temporarily suspended from the show after a series of sexual allegations were made against him earlier this week.

Mark Schwahn was accused by 18 cast and crew members of One Tree Hill – for which he was a showrunner – for sexual harassment.

“E!, Universal Cable Productions and Lionsgate Television take sexual harassment allegations very seriously, investigate them thoroughly and independently, and take appropriate action,” the companies behind The Royals said in a statement.

“Lionsgate has suspended Mark Schwahn from The Royals as we continue our investigation.”

One Tree Hill cast members such as Sophia Bush, Jana Kramer, Hilarie Burton and Bethany Joy Lenz wrote a letter of support to their former colleague Audrey Wauchope, who also came forward and accused Mark Schwahn of sexual harassment while on the show.

“We are all deeply grateful for Audrey’s courage. For one another. And for every male cast mate and crew member who has reached out to our group of women to offer their support these last few days,” they wrote in the letter.

“They echo the greater rallying cry that must lead us to change: Believe Women. We are all in this together.

“All of the female cast members of One Tree Hill have chosen this forum to stand together in support of Audrey Wauchope and one another.”

It’s not yet known when (or if!) Mark Schwahn will be returning to The Royals, but we’ll keep you posted when we have more info.