Hilari Burton looks back like her A hill of trees costar ChadMichael Murray came to her defense.
In the latest edition of Melodramatic people Podcast, Burton, 40, recalled how Murray, 41, stepped in to protect her from it the teen drama‘s showrunner Mark Schwahn during an alleged assault on location in Honey Grove, Texas during the show’s fourth season in 2007.
“Chad came up and said, ‘What are you doing?’ That’s what he told our boss at the bar,” Burton, who played Peyton Sawyer on the series, told her co-hosts and alumni OT fellow players, Sophia Bush And Bethany Joy Lenz.
“He watched our boss grab me in front of a lot of people and you know, Chad had nothing to lose because he knew our boss hated him anyway,” she continued. “A lot of people had a lot to lose, so you don’t speak up when you have a lot to lose. But [our boss] was so comfortable that it wasn’t something he had a problem with. [He thought]’I can do whatever I want to her in public if her boyfriend is there.’”
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Bush – who was married to Murray from 2005 to 2006 – shared that she believed his starring role as Lucas Scott on the show took into account his ability to defend Burton.
“He was protected as number 1 on the call log,” she said. “He had the most power, so he could come and push our boss off you and engage in a fight. And I’m glad he did. I want everyone to follow that trail.”
Bush, 40, also spoke about the importance of being an ally and protecting others.
“I understand the reality that people are scared that they will poke a hole in the ship and then the ship will sink, but get over it and protect your people. Because this idea of looking at the floor is okay — it’s not,” she explained. “And thank God, Hilarie, for having that moment with Chad, who was already so at odds with our boss.”
A representative for Murray did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.
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This isn’t the first time Burton and her co-stars have done this talked about A hill of trees and the inappropriate behavior they allegedly experienced on set.
In November 2017, Burton and Bush were among 18 former female cast and crew members who accused creator Mark Schwahn of sexual harassment.
“The behavior of Mark Schwahn over the duration of the shooting of A hill of trees was something of an ‘open secret,'” the women wrote in the letter. “Many of us have been psychologically and emotionally manipulated to varying degrees. More than one of us is still in treatment for post-traumatic stress. Many of us were placed in awkward positions and quickly learned to fight back, sometimes physically, because we were made to realize that the bosses in the room weren’t the protectors they were supposed to be.”
“Many of us have been spoken to in ways that have ranged from deeply disturbing to traumatizing to downright illegal,” they continued. “And some of us were put in positions where we felt physically unsafe. With more than one woman on our show, her career was in jeopardy.”
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Schwahn has never spoken out about the allegations, but he was later fired from his role as E! removed The Royal after a group of 25 female cast and crew members of the series published a joint letter in which they claimed that Schwahn “felt a propensity to abuse his power and influence in an environment where he had it over women who felt they didn’t”.
“This was manifested in the repeated unwanted sexual harassment of multiple female cast and crew members,” the letter reads.
If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted, please call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673) or go to rainn.org.
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