Hilarie Burton has described how her former co-star Chad Michael Murray stood up for her after she was allegedly assaulted by disgraced One Tree Hill showrunner Mark Schwahn. Speaking on her podcast Drama Queens with former co-star Sophie Bush and Bethany Joy Lenz, Burton claimed the alleged assault occurred after they both traveled to Honey Grove, Texas to inform a high school they had won a contest to have One Tress Hill film on their campus.
Hilarie Burton, who has been vocal about the alleged treatment she endured from Schwahn in the past, never named him on the podcast and only identified him as their boss. The flight back from that is when he assaulted her. He did the same in the car on the drive from Raleigh to Wilmington, he went straight to set and he told Danneel that they made out the whole time to make her feel jealous. So she confronted her about it furiously but on the other hand, Burton has zero idea what she was talking about.
Hilarie Burton Confronted Chad Michael Murray After Alleged Assault
Burton originally shared the allegations against Schwahn in November 2017 saying that Chad Michael Murray forced himself on her multiple times, including while on a call with then CW president Dawn Ostroff. She was one of the 18 women who accused Schwahn of harassment.
Hilarie Burton said that the showrunner began to pursue an inappropriate relationship with her during the show’s third season because he decided she was his muse. Bush, who was married to Murray from 2005 to 2006, thinks that his role as the main character allowed him more protection when coming to Burton’s defense. She also says that he was protected as the No.1 on the call sheet.