DC Comics Fires Eddie Berganza Due to Sexual Harassment Allegations

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The publishing house released a statement announcing Berganza's suspension and detailed how they are going to handle the issue saying, "DC Entertainment has immediately suspended Mr. Berganza and has removed him from performing his duties as Group Editor at DC Comics".

Berganza started work for DC in 1992 and worked on numerous high-profile comics, including the recent Dark Nights: Metal.

Among the stories recounted in the BuzzFeed article is Liz Gehrlein Marsham's account that, within weeks of being hired as an editor at DC Comics, Berganza forcibly kissed her and attempted to grope her at a bar near DC's former New York City offices.

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.

On Monday morning, author and comic book writer Marjorie Liu took to Twitter to share that she had "lost count of how many times [she] explicitly told DC editorial that [she] wouldn't write for them because of Berganza".

Not unlike with Louis C.K., Eddie Berganza and the allegations over sexual behavior that trailed him had become an open secret within his industry. BuzzFeed's article suggests that Berganza was the unnamed superior.

In 2010, the 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. The woman herself later said she was too scared to report the coercion, but allegations surfaced in a Bleeding Cool article, which initially did not name Berganza.

A prominent editor at DC Comics has been fired following multiple allegations of sexual assault, the company said in a statement.

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.

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

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