Eight years ago, then 27-year-old Kater Gordon stood before the who's who of Hollywood and accepted an Emmy award for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series, together with "Mad Men" creator Matthew Weiner. 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 froze and tried to "brush (the comments) off", Gordon said and continued her work, determining it was a "lose-lose situation" to confront Weiner. She felt "threatened and devalued" but also thought that saying something about the incident would end her career.
"I did my best to play along but couldn't divorce him from the comment, and I lost respect", Gordon said.
David Naimon, host of the Between the Covers podcast, says he chose to withdraw from the event when allegations emerged Thursday that Weiner tried to proposition a female writer, Kater Gordon, into getting naked. "So, I did what I thought women were supposed to do". Gordon was put on the show's writing staff for season three, but colleagues saw a difference in her demeanor; Gordon was more subdued at work, as if something had changed.More news: Veterans Day 2017: Where to get deals, freebies and discounts
Gordon told the Information that Weiner's remark shook her confidence, but she didn't tell anyone at the time for fear of losing her job. "He does not remember said this comment nor does it reflect a comment he would said to any colleague". "During the nine years he was showrunner on 'Mad Men, ' Mr. Weiner had a predominantly female driven writers room". Gordon would go on to win an Emmy for writing the Season 2 finale episode, "Meditations in an Emergency", but was sacked from the staff a year later and has not worked in the industry since. "I couldn't in good conscious support him the way I did the previous year".
'He told me I was bad at everything, from my work in the writers room to on set, ' she said of Weiner. Just weeks later, Weiner called to let Gordon know that he wouldn't be renewing her contract for the upcoming fourth season. She is now launching a nonprofit called Modern Alliance to help sexual harassment victims.