Matthew Weiner Accused of Sexual 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 show

Now she has accused her former boss and mentor of sexual harassment, adding to the steady stream of stories coming out of show business as women speak out about the abuse and mistreatment they've experienced in professional settings.

Gordon, who was 27 at the time, alleges that Weiner told her that she owed it to him to let him see her naked, according to a report published Thursday in The Information.

Gordon says she brushed off the comment and they continued working, but she felt uncomfortable. The writer said the incident crushed her confidence, as she was unsure whether she was really employed for her writing abilities. A year later, she was let go from the show, which sparked media coverage speculating on the reasons. "He does not remember saying this comment nor does it reflect a comment he would say to any colleague", the representative said in a statement to the publication.

Weiner's reps did not immediately respond to HuffPost's request for comment, but did give a statement to The Information. "I eventually walked away instead of fighting back". What was truly odd about Gordon's departure was that it was even a news story at all; Gordon admits showrunner Matthew Weiner would frequently sack writers at will.

"I did my best to play along but couldn't divorce him from the comment, and I lost respect", Gordon said.

Toward the end of the writing process, while working late at night together in Mr. Weiner's production office, Ms. Gordon says Mr. Weiner shocked her with a remark. The young writer-who had been hired a few years before as Mr. Weiner's personal assistant-seemed to be on top of the world. And he championed me. "Having a script or some sentences cued up as an arsenal - like a self-defence harassment arsenal - I could have used that in that moment, and it would have saved me years of regret that I didn't handle that situation differently". In 2009, she won an Emmy for writing "Meditations In An Emergency" with Weiner.

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. "I spent a couple days feeling down and feeling upset and aimless".

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