An Emmy-winning writer for AMC's Mad Men once thought her award would solidify a successful career path, but she was let go from the show a year later—and she's now accusing show creator Matthew Weiner of sexual harassment, the Hollywood Reporter reports. Kater Gordon, who started as Weiner's personal assistant in 2007 before becoming a writers' assistant, tells The Information she was working late one night with Weiner co-writing the show's season finale, an episode that won them both an Emmy in 2009. She says during their session, Weiner remarked she owed it to him to let him see her naked, a comment she just let fade before continuing to work on the script with him. But the months that followed left her feeling "threatened and devalued," though she didn't report the incident because she says she wanted the writing credit for that episode to help get her another job.
"I saw no value to speaking out," she says. "So I did what I thought women were supposed to do." She says she "lost respect" for Weiner, and a longtime writer on the show tells The Information "I could see her confidence was shaken" after the incident. Just weeks after her Emmy win, Weiner let Gordon go, rattling off a list of ways she'd "fallen short" on the job, she says. In a statement from his rep, Weiner says he spent "eight to 10 hours a day" holed up working with Gordon, but he notes he doesn't remember making that remark and insists he had "a predominantly female driven writers room [and] has long believed in and implemented an egalitarian working environment." Gordon fell out of Hollywood after that and went on instead to found Modern Alliance, a nonprofit for sexual harassment victims. She says she was "inspired" to speak out after hearing Harvey Weinstein stories.