Sophie Bush praised his ex, Chad Michael Murrayafter hearing that he defended Hilarie Burton amid an alleged assault during season 4 of A tree hill. Hilarie, 40, revealed the information during the March 15 episode of the iHeartRadio show theater queens podcast with co-hosts Sophia Bush, 40, and Bethany Joy Lenzas the ladies recap season 4, episode 17.
It was while filming this episode in Honey Grove, Texas that Hilarie alleged A tree hill showrunner To mark Schwahn, whom she only calls her “boss”, assaulted her. “Chad walked over and said, ‘What are you doing? He said that to our boss in the bar,” Hilarie revealed. “He saw 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. A lot of people had a lot to lose, so you don’t don’t talk when you have a lot to lose. [our boss] felt so comfortable that it wasn’t something he had a problem with. [He thought]’I can do whatever I want to her in public with her boyfriend standing there.'”
Hilarie went on to say that she didn’t expect anyone to help her because the crew members had families that relied on their salary, and a lot of people couldn’t afford to put their jobs at stake by defending it. “Thank goodness, Hilarie, that you had this moment with Chad, who was already so at odds with our boss,” Sophia said.
Sophia went on to say that Chad, who she was married to from 2005 to 2006, was in a rare position where he couldn’t easily be fired. “He was protected as No. 1 on the call sheet. He had the most power, so he could come and push our boss at you and fight. And I’m glad he did. I want everyone to follow this path,” she said.
Sophia and Hilarie further revealed that leading up to this episode, Danneel AcklesThe character of Rachel (née Harris) was written off the show for rejecting their boss’s advances. And then, before filming began on this episode, Hilarie was forced to be alone with Mark Schwahn on a trip to Honey Grove, Texas. They flew to the small town to surprise the local high school by telling the students that an episode of the show would be filmed there.
“He decided it would be just him and me. He and I had to fly to Honey Grove. … The flight back from there was when he assaulted me. He attacked again in the car on the way from Raleigh to Wilmington, [North Carolina]“, alleged Hilarie. “He went straight to the set and he told Danneel that he and I kissed the whole time. And it was fun, and he was trying to make her jealous. So she confronted me about it and said, ‘What are you doing?’ And I’m like, ‘What are you talking about?’ And so, we had to go on this trip with him. And it was really, like, the last three months where my blood was boiling, and I didn’t know how to process it anymore and you can see that in the episode.
Hilarie finally left A tree hill after season 6, when his initial six-season contract ended, while Bethany and Sophia remained on the show until the end of season 9. The cast initially accused Mark of assault and harassment in November 2017. Variety report. Then, 25 cast and crew members of The Royals, another series created by Mark, shared similar allegations. He was later fired from E! drama and has never publicly addressed the allegations.
If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted, contact the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 800-656-HOPE (4673).
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