A showrunner on a scripted cable drama series has been suspended because of sexual harassment allegations arising out of a previous job. The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed reports that Mark Schwahn was suspended by E! and producer Lionsgate Television from his job as showrunner on E!’s “The Royals.”
The move comes as Schwahn faces allegations stemming from his time on the CW’s “One Tree Hill.”
The report quotes a statement from the companies saying: “E!, Universal Cable Productions and Lionsgate Television take sexual harassment allegations very seriously, investigate them thoroughly and independently, and take appropriate action. Lionsgate has suspended Mark Schwahn from The Royals as we continue our investigation.”
The report notes that production on season four of “The Royals” wrapped in September, and the season will air as planned in 2018.