The Queen has spoken. Elizabeth Hurley, who stars as Queen Helena on The Royals, has released a statement regarding the recent sexual misconduct allegations made against the show’s creator, Mark Schwahn.
The note begins with Hurley admitting how badly she felt upon reading the statement her TV daughter, Alexandra Park, released earlier this week regarding her experiences with Schwahn. While Hurley says she never experienced such behavior, she says she feels she “failed” Park and feels “sick” to learn that so many of the cast and crew members on the show were feeling “scared, intimidated, psychologically manipulated,” and beyond.
Read Hurley’s full statement below:
Hurley’s message comes shortly after a group of 25 female cast and crew members on the series released a joint letter, inspired by the one written by the ladies of One Tree Hill, to Variety, in which they claim Schwahn “felt the inclination to abuse his power and influence in an environment where he had it over women who felt they did not. This manifested itself in the repeated unwanted sexual harassment of multiple female members of cast and crew.”
A representative for Schwahn did not immediately respond to EW’s request for comment about the allegations.
E! released the following statement regarding Schwahn: “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 Royals wrapped production on its fourth season in September and is expected to air as planned in the new year.
See Hurley’s entire message here: