DC Comics fires editor Eddie Berganza over sexual harassment accusations


DC Comics fires editor Eddie Berganza over sexual harassment accusations

Those fears were apparently well-founded: As BuzzFeed notes, "among the women who reported Berganza to human resources, none still work for DC", and all have moved away from working in mainstream comics publishing.

Eddie Berganza, a high-ranking editor at DC Comics, was sacked by DC and Warner Bros. just two days after he was suspended amid claims that he forcibly kissed and groped three women.

Fellow editor at DC Joan Hilty said Berganza "grabbed her and repeatedly tried to pull her in for a kiss" in the early 2000s.

Black Hammer writer Jeff Lemire also tweeted: "I love DC Comics and their characters and love working with them, but Eddie Berganza should have been fired a long time ago".

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Berganza had worked with DC since the early 1990s. Later that evening, she alleged, he tried to grope her.

In 2010, former DC editor Janelle Asselin organized a group of employees to report a joint complaint to HR about Berganza, who continued to rise through the ranks and was named executive editor later that year. Berganza, who was up for a promotion to executive editor at the time, received that promotion anyway.

She said of the incident: 'At the time I was so terrified that this would affect myself or my partner's prospects in comics, anxious it would jeopardise either of our careers'.

In a 2012 email to his fellow editors Berganza wrote: 'You have my word, I will not allow this to happen again. After the article initially broke on Friday, DC suspended Berganza on Saturday, before firing him outright on Monday.

Several former and current DC employees BuzzFeed spoke with insist Berganza has fully reformed and repented.

In response to this news DC said in a statement: 'DC and Warner Bros are unequivocally committed to cultivating a work environment of dignity and respect, one that is safe and harassment free for all employees'.

While the comics industry has evolved slightly since these incidents took place, DC Comics in particular has struggled with charges of institutional sexism, and the dominance of white, male creators on its staff and in its titles has manifested itself in surprising ways. Every woman who complained to the company regarding this matter has since left DC.