The Mad Men creator has said its not impossible that last years accusation by writer Kater Gordon happened
Mad Men creator Matt Weiner has readdressed an accusation that he sexually harassed a member of his writing team, saying that although he doesnt remember the incident, its not impossible it happened.
In an interview with Vanity Fair, the showrunner said that he has no memory of the alleged interaction with Kater Gordon, the award-winning writer, who worked on Mad Men before leaving in 2009. She claimed in November 2017 that Weiner told her she owed it to him to let him see her naked.
I really dont remember saying that, he said. Im not hedging to say its not impossible that I said that, but I really dont remember saying it.
Weiner denied the allegation outright last year, although he did concede that he was a demanding boss while working on Mad Men.
He told Vanity Fair: I cant see a scenario where I would say that. What I can see is, it was 10 years ago and I dont remember saying it. When someone says you said something, like the experience we just had right now I dont remember saying that.
Gordon told The Information last year that the alleged incident derailed her career, which was on the rise after she won an Emmy for her writing on the second season of Mad Men. 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 said. I eventually walked away instead of fighting back.
Speaking to the Guardian, Gordon said: We are all paying a cost for harassment. When large portions of the population feel unsafe or completely remove themselves or theyre involuntarily removed from the workforce, were limiting our potential. On a large scale.
Weiner cancelled several dates of his book tour in late 2017 after the allegations first emerged and is in the spotlight again as he promotes his new Amazon show, The Romanoffs, which starts on 12 October.