'Mad Men' creator Matthew Weiner accused of sexual harassment
UPI News Service, 11/10/2017
Screenwriter Kater Gordon has accused "Mad Men" creator Matthew Weiner of sexually harassing her when they worked together on the drama, which was set in the 1960s advertising world.
In an interview with The Information published this week, Gordon alleged Weiner told her one night eight years ago that she owed it to him to let him see her naked.
Gordon said she was uncomfortable with Weiner's remark, but tried to ignore it.
She was let go from the show about a year after the alleged incident and the experience was such a negative one, she said she no longer works in the entertainment industry.
"I had the Emmy, but instead of being able to use that as a launch pad for the rest of my career, it became an anchor because I felt I had to answer to speculative stories in the press," Gordon explained.
"I eventually walked away instead of fighting back."
Weiner's representative issued a statement to The Hollywood Reporter in response to the allegations made by Gordon.
"Mr. Weiner spent eight to 10 hours a day writing dialogue aloud with Miss Gordon, who started on Mad Men as his writer's assistant," the statement said.
"He does not remember saying this comment nor does it reflect a comment he would say to any colleague. During the nine years he was show-runner on 'Mad Men,' Mr. Weiner had a predominantly female-driven writers room. He has long believed in and implemented an egalitarian working environment including the highest levels of production and writing based on mutual respect for all."
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