Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner has been accused of sexual harassment by staff writer Kater Gordon.
Gordon, who went from being Weiner's personal assistant to Emmy Award-winning staff writer on Mad Men, said in an interview with The Information that Weiner told her late one night she ''owed it to him to let him see her naked."
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 says she didn’t report the comment officially because she was afraid of losing her job.
A year after the incident, Gordon was let go from Mad Men. The firing, which happened just weeks after Gordon and Weiner's shared Emmy win, made headlines.
“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,” Gordon said.
Weiner's spokeswoman declined to comment, but referred USA TODAY to a statement given previously to The Information.
"Mr. Weiner spent eight to ten hours a day writing dialogue aloud with Miss Gordon, who started on Mad Men as his writers assistant," the statement said. "He does not remember saying this comment nor does it reflect a comment he would say to any colleague.”
Gordon says she is forming a nonprofit to help victims of sexual harassment called Modern Alliance. It aims is to “convene and connect” disparate organizations working to eradicate the behavior.