Mark Schwahn will no longer work for E! on the set of The Royals. According to a report from Us Weekly, the network fired the producer due to the cascade of allegations against him. Lionsgate said they had “concluded” their investigation and he won’t be coming back to The Royals.
Their statement added that the fourth season had already been completed so it will air as scheduled in the following spring. As you may know, Schwahn came under fire after around 40 women accused him of sexual and improper misconduct.
At the time of the initial report, in a statement, the network said they take the allegations incredibly seriously and would investigate them at their very first chance.
Lionsgate stated they “suspended” Mark from The Royals during their investigation. During a Twitter message in November, Audrey Wauchope and Rachel Specter revealed a couple of harrowing encounters with the creator.
Additionally, other women including Alexandra Park shared her story on her experience dealing with the showrunner. Park said she had been “exposed to his reprehensible behavior.”
Many other stars from the production came out in support including Tom Austen, Elizabeth Hurley, Hilarie Burton, Sophia Bush, Bethany Joy Lenz, and Jana Kramer.
Mark is just one of many women to come under fire in the last three months following the tidal wave of allegations of misconduct against men in the entertainment industry.
Perhaps, the most nefarious and controversial of all are the actions of Harvey Weinstein, the co-owner of The Weinstein Company, responsible for the financing of many films over the last thirty years. After the New York Times and The New Yorker published their investigatory reports on Weinstein, many other men including James Toback followed him down into the flames.