Former 'Mad Men' Writer Accuses Matthew Weiner Of Sexual Harassment


Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner is also being accused of sexual harassment. "I couldn't in good conscious support him the way I did the previous year".

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.

Kater Gordon and Matthew Weiner accepting their Emmy in 2009. "During the nine years he was showrunner on 'Mad Men, ' Mr. Weiner had a predominantly female driven writers room".

"I eventually walked away instead of fighting back", she told the Web site.

'He told me I was bad at everything, from my work in the writers room to on set, ' she said of Weiner. She did tell a colleague about the comment. Responding to the allegations a PR representative for Weiner said, "Mr Weiner spent eight to ten hours a day writing dialogue aloud with Miss Gordon, who started on Mad Men as a writers assistant". "I felt excited to be able to be so close to making - what I thought at the time - was such a great show".

It went on to state: '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'.

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"I knew immediately when he crossed the boundary that it was wrong", Gordon told The Information.

Along the way, she has to deal with an endless parade of sexually entitled men who see her as just a piece of meat to be used for their own pleasure. Those experiences made her feel "shame and regret". Several months after they won an Emmy for the episode they co-wrote, Weiner told Gordon her contract wouldn't be renewed allegedly because she was "terrible at everything".

"He told me I was awful at everything, from my work in the writer's room to on set", she said, adding that he told her about all the ways she had "fallen short".

But Gordon is adamant, explaining that the incident not only left her unable to feel comfortable working in television, but has inspired her to create a nonprofit organization called Modern Alliance, whose goal is to change perceptions around sexual harassment.

Weiner is now in production on his new series The Romanoffs at Amazon, whose head Roy Price recently resigned over sexual harassment allegations.