Kater Gordon, a former writer on Mad Men, is accusing the show’s creator Matthew Weiner of sexual harassment.
Gordon, who won an Emmy for her writing on the AMC series, alleges that while working together late one night on Mad Men, Weiner told her that she owed it to him to let him see her naked. A year later, she was let go from the critically acclaimed drama and hasn’t worked in the industry since.
“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 told website The Information, which first broke the news. “I eventually walked away instead of fighting back.”
In response, Weiner’s rep released the following statement to the publication: “Mr. Weiner spent eight to ten hours a day writing dialogue aloud with Miss Gordon, who started on Mad Men as his writers assistant. 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 showrunner 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.”
As a young writer in 2007, Gordon started out as Weiner’s personal assistant. Less than a year in, she was promoted to be the show’s writers’ assistant. In the role, she would transcribe Weiner’s writing, which he famously dictates, in addition to researching for the writers and compiling outlines of scripts — but she was also encourage to pitch ideas, she said. “I felt excited to be able to be so close to making — what I thought at the time — was such a great show. And he championed me. It was extremely satisfying,” Gordon said. According to The Information, three people who worked on the show confirmed that Weiner “respected Gordon tremendously” and would ask her opinion on storylines in the second season.
(Excerpt) Read more in: The Hollywood Reporter