(CNN) “One Tree Hill” creator Tag Schwahn has been accused of sexual harassment by former cast and crew members of the series.
The accusations come a lot more than five years following the show’s conclusion, amid a reckoning in Hollywood where people from across the industry are speaking up about instances of alleged sexual assault or harassment.
The allegations against Schwahn were first alluded to by a former staff writer Audrey Wauchope on social media and later detailed within an open letter signed by 18 female former cast and crew members, including actresses Sophia Bush, Hilarie Burton, Bethany Joy Lenz, Danneel Harris, and Michaela McManus.
“To employ terminology that has become familiar as the systemic reality of sexual harassment and assault features come a lot more to light, Tag Schwahn’s behavior over the duration of the filming of ‘One Tree Hill’ was something of an ‘open top secret,'” said the letter, furnished to CNN by a representative for Bush.
“One Tree Hill” ran for nine periods from 2003-12, first on The WB and on The CW.