‘Mad Men’ Creator Matt Weiner Accused of Sexual Harassment by Former Writer
Amazon may have yet a third sexual harassment scandal in its midst. Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner has now joined the group of powerful Hollywood men accused of sexual harassment, as a major Mad Men writer steps forward.
Weiner’s personal assistant-turned-staff writer Kater Gordon leveled accusations against Weiner in an interview with The Information, revealing that a late-night writing session led to the AMC creator stating Gordon “owed it to him to let him see her naked.” She continued working and brushed off the comments, believing that confrontation with Weiner could end her career.
That said, Gordon was let go from the Mad Men writing staff a year later under suspicious circumstances. She’d since won an Emmy, of which she now says “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. I eventually walked away instead of fighting back.” Weiner’s representation issued a response to The Information:
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.
It is unclear if Gordon’s allegation will have any impact on Weiner’s new TV project with Amazon, which itself faced recent harassment scandals with studio head Roy Price, and Transparent star Jeffrey Tambor. Amazon even considered offloading Weiner’s The Romanoffs over its financial ties to The Weinstein Company.
Stay tuned for the latest as it develops.
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