Published: Wed, November 15, 2017
Entertaiment | By Minnie Bishop

DC Comics Fires Eddie Berganza Over Alleged Sexual Misconduct

DC Comics Fires Eddie Berganza Over Alleged Sexual Misconduct

Berganza, a group editor, oversaw production on comics like Superman and Wonder Woman. An email from the office of Diane Nelson was sent out to DC Talent to notify them of the news.

Three former DC employees accused editor Eddie Berganza of sexual assault while they worked for the company.

Warner Bros and DC Entertainment have terminated DC Comics Group Editor Eddie Berganza.

"We are committed to eradicating harassment", DC Comics said in a statement, "and ensuring that all employees, as well as our freelance community, are aware of our policies, are comfortable reporting any concerns and feel supported by our company".

Berganza had been with DC Comics since 1992, editing numerous publisher's highest-profile comics, including the current Dark Nights: Metal event.

Asselin described Berganza's promotion to executive editor as 'massively demoralising'. Rumors of inappropriate conduct by Berganza have circulated openly for roughly a decade, and several former employees came forward last week in a story published by Buzzfeed alleging a pattern of sexual harassment.

Cartoonist and editor Joan Hilty told BuzzFeed that at a staff party in the early 2000s, Berganza repeatedly and forcibly tried to kiss her, even after she told him no.

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Allegations against Berganza initially became public in April 2016, as reported by Newsarama and others.

The women in BuzzFeed's report all emphasize the competitive nature of the comics industry, where legions of fans dream of working at Marvel and DC, as contributing to the pressure they felt to stay silent.

The women who made complaints against Berganza seven years ago have all sense moved on from the company.

Dark Knights: Metal is now unfolding in DC Comics; DC Entertainment will release Justice League in theaters on November 17th. In light of those allegations, Berganza's work at DC had ceased while the company conducted a "review" of the accusations.

The New York office had a reputation within the industry as being a hard place for women to work under Berganza.

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