DC Comics Fires Longtime Editor Following Sexual Harassment Claims

Danny Woods
November 15, 2017

Berganza had been under intense scrutiny after a BuzzFeed exposé article over the weekend linked him to several past incidents of sexual harassment or outright assault with female DC Comics employees.

Warner Bros and DC Entertainment have fired editor Eddie Berganza amid allegations of sexual misconduct.

Berganza started work for DC in 1992 and worked on numerous high-profile comics, including the recent Dark Nights: Metal.

DC editor Liz Gehrlein Marsham went on record saying that Berganza tried to grope her and frequently kissed her and invaded her space when she was a young editor at the company.

According to BuzzFeed, Berganza "developed a reputation for making offensive jokes or line-crossing comments in the presence of or at the expense of women".

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Another woman who spoke to BuzzFeed anonymously says that in 2012, Berganza forcibly kissed her in a hotel bar while attending Wonder Con in 2012. Rumors of harassment had long followed Berganza. In the BuzzFeed report, multiple former DC employees described having brought their complaints to the company's HR department, only for their concerns to be seemingly ignored and/or dismissed while Berganza remained employed. In fact, Berganza's predatory behavior has reportedly been a topic of discussion around the comic book industry for years.

With Berganza now fired, DC Entertainment released this statement: "Warner Bros and DC Entertainment have terminated the employment of DC Comics Group Editor Eddie Berganza". Asselin said that development was "massively demoralising" at the time. Eventually she and all of the other women involved in the group complaint left DC.

Berganza had worked with DC since the early 1990s. "There will be a prompt and yet careful review into next steps as it relates to the allegations against him, and the concerns our talent, employees and fans have shared".

While there's little ambiguity in the incredibly extensive report that Buzzfeed put together about Berganza's actions, the larger question is what the blowback will be on DC Comics.

The statement added that DC Comics was 'committed to eradicating harassment'.

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