Former 'Mad Men' Writer Starts Nonprofit After Alleged Harassment

39;Mad Men' creator Matthew Weiner has been accused of harassment by a former writer on the show

39;Mad Men' creator Matthew Weiner has been accused of harassment by a former writer on the

Her removal from the writers room sparked headlines at the time questioning why Weiner's longtime assistant and writing partner would be let go from the series, especially after winning the Emmy.

According to Gordon in an interview with The Information, Weiner told her he felt entitled to see her nude.

Gordon says she brushed off the comment and they continued working, but she felt uncomfortable. "I eventually walked away instead of fighting back", she added. Gordon, who worked as Weiner's personal assistant and then writing assistant before joining the show's writing staff, won an Emmy for her work with Weiner on the show's second season episode "Meditations in an Emergency". She was sacked a year later, which prompted media to speculate on the reasons, since she had just shared an Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series Emmy in 2009 with Weiner.

In a statement, Weiner denied harassing Gordon. "He does not remember saying this comment nor does it reflect a comment he would say to any colleague", a rep said. "It was extremely satisfying", she said.

She said that while she had told the story to her close ones over the years, she did not officially report the incident for fear of losing her job.

Kater Gordon and Matthew Weiner accepting their Emmy in 2009. Those experiences made her feel "shame and regret". "He told me that I owed it to him to let him see me naked", she said.

Gordon's allegations also came on the heels of the release of Weiner's first novel, Heather, The Totality, published on November 7.

Afterwards, Gordon lost her desire to write and moved to Palo Alto, California, where she's now forming a nonprofit to help victims of sexual harassment called Modern Alliance that aims to connect disparate organizations working to eradicate the behavior. The Romanoffs was originally a co-production with Amazon and The Weinstein Company, but is now produced exclusively by Amazon after the streaming company severed ties with TWC in the wake of the sexual harassment scandal against Harvey Weinstein. "I spent a couple days feeling down and feeling upset and aimless".

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