DC Comics Fires Longtime Editor Following Sexual Harassment Claims

Carla Harmon
November 14, 2017

Group editor Berganza, 53, was sacked in the wake of a BuzzFeed report published Friday that saw three former employees accuse him of sexual assault. "But as a fan and supporter, I expect them and Warner Bros to do the right thing and fire Eddie Berganza".

Berganza was the top editor for some of DC's major comic titles and had daily interaction with writers, artists, and other editors.

BuzzFeed on Friday published a lengthy examination of the comic book editor who has shepherded such high-profile properties as Superman and Wonder Woman - comic book characters that would leap to the entertainment mainstream through movies and television shows.

Within comics culture, Berganza's alleged behavior has for years been an open secret, the subject of blunt gossip and open speculation.

Following these allegations DC took action and changed Berganza's job title from executive editor back to group editor.

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"Warner Bros and DC Entertainment have terminated the employment of DC Comics Group Editor Eddie Berganza", the company said in a statement.

The statement added that DC Comics was 'committed to eradicating harassment'. When Berganza was promoted to Executive Editor, despite multiple complaints to DC's human resources department, as the article states, and Marsham expressing her discomfort to DC Comics Editor-in-Chief Bob Harras, she moved away from working in editorial completely, rather than continue working under Berganza any longer.

She once wrote in the Guardian about Berganza, 'the drunk superior at an offsite office party who locked his arm around my shoulders, trying to pull me towards him for a kiss'. And then in 2010, former DC editor Janelle Asselin organized a group of employees to file a joint complaint to HR about Berganza.

The third woman, who wants to remain anonymous, said Berganza forcibly kissed her at a comics convention in March 2012.

Berganza was disciplined following a 2012 incident and sought help, and there have been no reports of subsequent misconduct. Every woman who complained to the company regarding this matter has since left DC.

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