“Mad Men” creator Matthew Weiner’s character is being dragged through the dirt by yet another member of the show’s creative team.
The show’s consulting producer and writer Marti Noxon defended fellow writer Kater Gordon’s sexual harassment accusations against Weiner. In a series of fiery tweets, Noxon called Weiner an “emotional terrorist.”
“He is devilishly clever and witty, but he is also, in the words of one of his colleagues, an ’emotional terrorist’ who will badger, seduce and even tantrum in an attempt to get his needs met,” she tweeted. “This personality type can not help but create an atmosphere where everyone is constantly off guard and unsure where they stand.”
Adding, “It is the kind of atmosphere where a comment like ‘you owe it to me to show me your naked body’ may — or may not — be a joke. And it may — or may not — lead to a demotion or even the end of a career.”
Noxon also supported Gordon’s story about the show’s creator saying Gordon owed it to him to let him see her naked. “I believe her,” Noxon tweeted. “I was at work with her the day after what she described transpired. I remember clearly how shaken and subdued Kater was — and continued to be from that day on.”
“Mad Men” creator Weiner denied Gordon’s allegations in a statement provided by his rep: “Mr. Weiner spent eight to 10 hours a day writing dialogue aloud with Miss Gordon, who started on ‘Mad Men’ as his writers assistant. He does not remember saying this comment nor does it reflect a comment he would say to any colleague.”
Continuing, “During the nine years he was showrunner on ‘Mad Men’, Mr. Weiner had a predominantly female-driven writers room. He has long believed in and implemented an egalitarian working environment including the highest levels of production and writing based on mutual respect for all.”
Weiner followed up his statement in a conversation with “Orange Is the New Black” creator Jenji Kohan at a Los Angeles event promoting the publication of his debut novel, Heather, reports The Hollywood Reporter, emphatically denying reports of any sexual misconduct.
“I will just say what I’ve said: the allegation is not true,” Weiner told Kohan, pointing out that the issue of sexual harassment in the work place “is a very important topic and a topic that has been an obsession of mine, in my work and in my life — and for, like, 92 hours of the show. We wanted people to be having this conversation and it’s great that we’re having it. It’s a very serious issue.”
Kohan followed on Weiner’s remarks by asking why Gordon would come forward with a fasle allegation. “I don’t want to speak to someone else’s character,” replied Weiner, adding: “I will say this: I have hired dozens of women over the years and dozens of people, and I am a demanding boss. Especially in the early years, it was very hard to do it. I had a lot of stress — and you know this — it’s very lonely. I got better at it for sure.”
In fact, Weiner admitted he would have done things differently on “Mad Men” if given the chance for a do-over. “When I think back on it, you know, if I had to do it [again] — letting people go and being mad about having to rewrite everything… You’re just angry a lot of the time, but you want the show to be great and it’s kind of what you do,” he said. “So I guess if I could do it over again, I would do it differently. The person I am now would definitely do it different.”
Weiner ended the discussion by thanking the people he works with and those who have worked with him in the past, adding: “They know the kind of person that I am.”
Read Noxon’s entire series of tweets below.