Matthew Weiner denies sexual harassment allegations to Cambridge audience
“Mad Men” creator Matthew Weiner was at the Brattle Theatre on Friday night to promote his new novel, “Heather, the Totality.”
The event with Harvard Book Store went on as scheduled — even though Weiner has been accused by a former “Mad Men” writer of sexual harassment in a story published Thursday on the website The Information.
In the report, former “Mad Men” writer Kater Gordon says Weiner told her — during her time working on the show — that she owed it to him to let him see her naked. Weiner has denied the allegation.
According to a rep with Friday’s local event, one woman in the audience asked about the loss of mentorship opportunities in the current climate. Weiner used the question to deny Gordon’s story.
The audience member then clarified that she wasn’t asking about the allegation specifically, the event rep said.
Weiner was supposed to introduce a movie screening after his book event, but Brattle creative director Ned Hinkle said Weiner did not go ahead with that part of the program. The film — chosen by Weiner — was “The Earrings of Madame de . . . ”.
Weiner was set to appear at Town Hall in Seattle this week, but according to The Seattle Times, that event — which also would have featured novelist and screenwriter Maria Semple — has been canceled. According to the Times story, Town Hall executive director Wier Harman said in a written statement that the event “between two respected artists and entertainment industry veterans about television, novels, creativity, and commerce — would not be possible, or responsible, in light of recent reporting.”