Another alleged victim of show business sexual harassment has now felt emboldened to speak out.
Kater Gordon, a former writer for Mad Men, has accused that show’s creator and showrunner Matthew Weiner of sexual harassment, alleging that while working late together one night, he told her that she owed it to him to let him see her naked. A year after the alleged incident, she was let go from the show and has not worked in the industry since.
Gordon won an Emmy along with Weiner for co-writing the second season finale “Meditations in an Emergency,” but apparently any joy from that victory was accompanied with feelings of emptiness.
Gordon told the website The Information:
“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. I eventually walked away instead of fighting back.”
Gordon is now focusing on forming a nonprofit called Modern Alliance to help victims of sexual harassment by connecting disparate organizations working to eradicate the behavior.