DC Comics fires editor accused of sexual harassment by three women
Nov 15 2017
DC Entertainment has immediately suspended Mr. Berganza and has removed him from performing his duties as Group Editor at DC Comics. At the time of his suspension, he was overseeing popular DC titles, like its bestselling Dark Nights: Metal series. In 2012 he was reportedly demoted from executive editor to group editor after being accused of trying to forcibly kiss a female during a comic book convention held in Anaheim, California.
On Saturday, one day after BuzzFeed News' report, DC announced it was suspending Berganza and launching a "prompt yet careful review into next steps".
One day after Berganza's suspension was made public, DC chose to fire him, telling Buzzfeed that the company was "committed to eradicating harassment". "But as a fan and supporter, I expect them and Warner Bros to do the right thing and fire Eddie Berganza". And while that is slowly changing, with the popularity of Wonder Woman and women-led comics from the likes of Gabby Rivera and Rainbow Rowell, the Berganza story is clear and undeniable proof that we still have a very long way to go.
On Monday, according to an email obtained by BuzzFeed, Nelson told freelancers who work with DC, "Our doors are always open and we look forward to working with our employees and our talent community to do better as an organization and as a leader in the comics industry".
DC Comics also reiterated its commitment to create a safe and secure working place for employees and everyone that's involved in creating their comic books.
DC has fired veteran editor Eddie Berganza following allegations of sexual assault by former employees of the company. Two of the women and at least three other employees said they brought concerns about Berganza to HR in 2010 when he was being considered for a promotion to executive editor. Asselin said that development was "massively demoralising" at the time. But for the victims, as well as the larger crowd of women who are noted to have avoided work at DC because of the well-known threat of Berganza, this will hopefully be a fresh start.
The New York office had a reputation within the industry as being a hard place for women to work under Berganza.
The statement added that DC Comics was 'committed to eradicating harassment'.