On November 9, former Mad Men workers author Kater Gordon accused the present’s creator, Matthew Weiner, of badual harbadment, alleging that he made a badually charged comment to her that made her really feel “threatened and devalued.” Gordon’s allegation was first reported by the web site the Information.
Gordon advised the Information that whereas working late one night time collectively, Weiner advised her that she owed it to him to let him see her bare. Gordon, who labored as Weiner’s private badistant after which writing badistant earlier than becoming a member of the present’s writing workers, received an Emmy for her work with Weiner on the present’s second season episode “Meditations in an Emergency.” She was let go from the writing workers a 12 months later.
At the time, her departure from the present sparked hypothesis in trade circles in addition to at Deadline, which reported supply mentioned there was nothing illicit in Gordon and Weiner’s relationship.
Gordon advised the Information that Weiner’s comment shook her confidence, however she didn’t inform anybody on the time for concern of shedding her job. “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,” she mentioned. “I eventually walked away instead of fighting back.”
Gordon has not labored in tv since leaving Mad Men, and has launched a nonprofit group geared toward educating ladies and serving to them take care of badual harbadment. Weiner received seven Emmys and three Golden Globes for his work on the present, and is at the moment creating the AMC present The Romanoffs.
The report of Gordon’s allegation got here as a part of a cascading sequence of allegations of badual harbadment and badault in opposition to plenty of highly effective figures in Hollywood, together with producer Harvey Weinstein, comic Louis C.Okay., and actor Kevin Spacey. No allegations of bodily badault have been made in opposition to Weiner, and Gordon’s is the primary occasion of a harbadment declare in opposition to the TV author.
A spokesperson for Weiner issued the next badertion: “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 bear in mind saying this remark nor does it replicate a remark he would say to any colleague.”
Gordon’s allegations additionally got here on the heels of the discharge of Weiner’s first novel, Heather, The Totality, printed on November 7. The novel follows a rich couple and their daughter whose privileged lives are disrupted when their neighbors start development on their house. In an interview with GQ printed earlier within the day on November 9, Weiner spoke about misogyny and objectification within the novel, saying that “A feminist reading of this book should take it for what it is. To revel in misogyny and present it, and to say that I’m being critical of it, has never been my goal. I’ve been unapologetically critical of it.”