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Hilarie Burton Says Chad Michael Murray Defended Her Against One Tree Hill Creator During Alleged Assault

Hilarie Burton Says Chad Michael Murray Defended Her Against One Tree Hill Creator During Alleged Assault

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hilary burton looking back how he one Tree Hill co-star Chad Michael Murray came to his rescue.

on the latest version of gimmicks podcast, Burton, 40, recalled how Murray, 41, stepped in to defend her against teen dramaShowrunner Mark Schwan during an alleged assault on location in Honey Grove, Texas, during the series’ fourth season in 2007.

“Chad turned over and went, ‘What are you doing?’ She told Our Boss at the bar, “Burton, who plays Peyton Sawyer on the series, has a lot to do with her co-hosts and former other organizations co stars, Sophia Bush And Bethany Joy Lenz,

“He saw our boss grope me in front of a lot of people, and you know, Chad had nothing to lose because he knew our boss hated him,” she continued. “A lot of people had a lot to lose, so when you have a lot to lose you don’t talk. But (our boss) felt so comfortable that he didn’t have a problem with it. (He thought), ‘I can do whatever I want with her in public with her boyfriend.'”

Chad Michael Murray, Hilarie Burton One Tree Hill

Chad Michael Murray, Hilarie Burton One Tree Hill


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Bush – who was married to Murray from 2005 to 2006 – shared that she believed her starring role as Lucas Scott on the show affected her ability to protect Burton.

“He was protected as No. 1 on the call sheet,” she said. “He had the most power, so he could come up and take our boss away from you and pick a fight. And I’m glad he did. I want everyone to follow that lead.”

Bush, 40, also talked about the importance of being an ally and protecting others.

“I sympathize with the reality that people are afraid that they’ll hole up in the ship and then the ship will sink, but get out of it and protect your people. Because the idea that it’s okay to look at land – it’s not,” she explained. “And thank God, Hilary, that you had that moment with Chad, who already had it with our boss.”

A rep for Murray did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.

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This isn’t the first time Burton and his co-stars have done this told about one Tree Hill and the inappropriate behavior he allegedly experienced on set.

Back in November 2017, Burton and Bush were among 18 former female cast and crew members who Producer Mark Schwan accused of sexual harassment,

Mark Schwan’s behavior during the filming of ” one Tree Hill “It was an ‘open secret’,” the women wrote in the letter. More than one of us is still in treatment for post-traumatic stress. Many of us were put in uncomfortable positions and quickly had to learn to fight back, sometimes physically, as it was made clear to us that the observers in the room were not the protectors they should have been.

“Many of us were talked about in ways that ran the spectrum from deeply disturbing to painful, to outright illegal,” he continued. “And some of us were put in positions where we felt physically unsafe. The career trajectory of more than one woman on our show was threatened.”

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Schwan never spoke about any of the allegations, but he later told E! removed from his role as showrunner. Royal Following a group of 25 female cast and crew members on the series joint letter issued In which he claimed that Schwan “felt inclined to abuse his power and influence in an environment where he had influence over women who he felt he did not.”

“This manifested itself in the repeated unwanted sexual harassment of several female members of the cast and crew,” the letter said.

If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted, please contact the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673) or rainn.org,



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