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Mad Men's Matthew Weiner accused of sexually harassing show's writer

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Howard Terry | 12 November, 2017, 02:24

Kater Gordon, who wrote on the hit 2007-2015 series Mad Men, has accused the show's creator, Matthew Weiner, of telling her that 'she owed it him to let him see her naked, ' as reported on Thursday by The Information.

"He told me I was bad at everything, from my work in the writers room to on set", she said. "But I didn't know what my options were", she said. She was let go from the writing staff a year later. One year later, she was let go from the show, prompting a 2009 Gawker headline that asked, "Why Did Matthew Weiner Fire Mad Men's Kater Gordon?" and proceeded to speculate about misconduct.

A spokesperson for the showrunner has responded to the accusation by saying he does "not remember" making the comment and that it "does not reflect" the way he deals with colleagues.

In a statement, Weiner denied harassing Gordon. "I eventually walked away instead of fighting back", she added.

"It's great to hold certain men accountable for their actions, but that is not going to immediately benefit somebody who's working in retail and is being harassed by someone next to him or her in the workplace", Gordon told The Information. And he championed me.

According to THR, Gordon was first hired as Weiner's personal assistant and was quickly promoted to writer. "Having a script or some sentences cued up as an arsenal - like a self-defense harassment arsenal - I could have used that in that moment, and it would have saved me years of regret that I didn't handle that situation differently".

In an interview with The Information, Gordon accused Weiner of turning a late-night writing session into a chance to break boundaries and all semblance of professional conduct.

Weiner "has long believed in and implemented an egalitarian working environment including the highest levels of production and writing based on mutual respect for all".

Gordon was eventually let go a few weeks after winning the 2009 Emmy, with the writer claiming that Weiner broke the news to her by telling her how she had "fallen short" and "was awful at everything".

Afterwards, Gordon lost her desire to write and moved to Palo Alto, California, where she's now forming a nonprofit to help victims of sexual harassment called Modern Alliance that aims to connect disparate organizations working to eradicate the behavior. Said Gordon, "I spent a couple days feeling down and feeling upset and aimless".

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