DC Comics Editor Eddie Berganza Fired After Sexual Harassment Claims

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DC Comics editor Eddie Berganza has been fired by the company after at least three different women, all of whom were former employees at DC, alleged that he sexually assaulted them.

Berganza had been with DC Comics since 1992, editing numerous publisher's highest-profile comics, including the current Dark Nights: Metal event. He was demoted two years later to story editor after allegations that he forcibly kissed a woman at WonderCon surfaced in aBleeding Cool article. The company issued a statement Monday afternoon saying Berganza has been fired. His photo was included on the cover of Saturday's New York Daily News, alongside the likes of Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey and Louis C.K., in an article on the recent wave of sexual misconduct allegations against powerful men in the entertainment industry, headlined "Perv Nation".

Allegations against Berganza initially became public in April 2016, as reported by Newsarama and others. BuzzFeed's article suggests that Berganza was the unnamed superior.

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According to Buzzfeed, Berganza "disappeared" from the office for several days after the blog post went live, and he apologized in an email to senior DC executives without denying that he had attacked a woman in 2012.

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

Asselin described Berganza's promotion to executive editor as 'massively demoralising'.

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In 2016, when DC fired popular veteran Vertigo editor Shelly Bond, the comics community teemed with anger, questioning why capable women were being fired when Berganza, a rumored serial harasser, was allowed to remain. In the end, DC Comics made the right decision, but many are asking why this didn't happen sooner.

After the accusations were published, DC Comics confirmed that Berganza had been suspended pending a review of the charges.

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'. Per BuzzFeed News, Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment said that they are "committed to eradicating harassment".

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