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Marti Noxon, a director and prolific TV author who as soon as served as a consulting producer on Mad Men, is backing up allegations that present runner Matthew Weiner created a hostile work atmosphere and badually harbaded certainly one of his writers. Noxon went on a Twitter spree Friday afternoon in badist of Emmy-winning author Kater Gordon, a former Mad staffer who just lately alleged that Weiner directed lewd remarks towards her whereas they had been engaged on the present in 2008. “He told me that I owed it to him to let him see me naked,” she recalled in an interview with the Information.
In her tweet storm, Noxon says that she remembers Gordon showing “shaken and subdued” at work after the alleged 2008 incident.
“I believe her,” Noxon writes. “I was at work with her the day after what she described transpired. I remember clearly how shaken and subdued Kater was—and continued to be from that day on.”
A consultant for Weiner denied Gordon’s claims in a press release to The Hollywood Reporter: “Mr. Weiner spent eight to 10 hours a day writing dialogue aloud with Miss Gordon, who began on Mad Men as his writers badistant. He doesn’t keep in mind saying this remark nor does it replicate a remark he would say to any colleague. During the 9 years he was showrunner on Mad Men, Mr. Weiner had a predominantly feminine pushed writers room. He has lengthy believed in and carried out an egalitarian working atmosphere together with the best ranges of manufacturing and writing based mostly on mutual respect for all.”
Noxon took problem with Weiner’s denial. “Anyone with an excellent cursory data of the present Mad Men might think about that very line coming from the mouth of Pete Campbell,” she writes, referring to the opportunistic, badist advert man performed on the collection by Vincent Kartheiser. “Matt, Pete’s creator, is many things. He is devilishly clever and witty, but he is also, in the words of one of his colleagues, an ‘emotional terrorist’ who will badger, seduce, and even tantrum in an attempt to get his needs met.”
Noxon claimed that Weiner’s tough temperament created an atmosphere that had his workers strolling on eggshells. Creative crew and crew members typically didn’t “confront” or “report” him to the community as a result of they felt grateful for the work, and had been “truly in awe of his talents.” Taking a threat on reporting Weiner, writes Noxon, additionally might have meant “the loss of a job and ruined reputation.”
“Taking that action is one thing to contemplate if you have money in the bank and family to fall back on but quite another for people from all walks of life without a safety net,” she writes. “And when badual favors are lightly added to the bag of tools one might use to stay employed and valued, it can be destabilizing or even devastating. It may not be illegal, but it is oppressive.”
Representatives for Weiner haven’t but responded to Vanity Fair’s request for remark.
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