Matthew Weiner, the creator of "Mad Men", was accused of sexual harassment when one of the show's top writers came out publicly with allegations against the showrunner on Thursday. In an interview with The Information, writer Kater Gordon claims that during one writing session in 2008 when she was his writer's assistant, Weiner made a sexually suggestive comment toward her.
At the time, her departure from the show sparked speculation in industry circles as well as at Deadline, which reported that a source said there was nothing illicit in Gordon and Weiner's relationship.
Gordon herself said she had trouble trying to "divorce" her boss from the comment.
A statement issued by Weiner's representative said that he "does not remember saying this comment nor does it reflect a comment he would say to any colleague".
Weiner did not get to see Gordon naked, but he did get some Emmy-winning work out of the talented young writer, who he eventually fired just a few months after the pair wee honored by the Television Academy. "I eventually walked away instead of fighting back".
"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. "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".
Gordon was initially hired to work as Weiner's personal assistant (PA), climbing to the position of writers' assistant and then staff writer, before being let go - something that caused quite a stir in the media. And he championed me. "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". The person, speaking on the condition of anonymity, added: "I could see her confidence was shaken".
One year after the Emmy win, Gordon was let go from the show which centered around an ad agency in 1960s NY, fueling speculation about the reason why a 27-year-old award-winning writer would leave the acclaimed series.
After leaving Hollywood, Gordon moved to Palo Alto where she's now working to form a non-profit to help victims of sexual harassment.