DC Comics Fires Longtime Editor Following Sexual Harassment Claims

Nov 15, 2017, 00:49
DC Comics Fires Longtime Editor Following Sexual Harassment Claims

DC Entertainment has immediately suspended Mr. Berganza and has removed him from performing his duties as Group Editor at DC Comics.

Berganza had worked with DC since the early 1990s, both as a writer on titles including Superman, Batman/Superman and Wednesday Comics and an editor on many of DC's highest profile launches of the past decade, including Justice League, Infinite Crisis and Blackest Night.

The third woman, who wants to remain anonymous, said Berganza forcibly kissed her at a comics convention in March 2012. On Saturday, one day after BuzzFeed News' report, DC announced it was suspending Berganza and launching a review into the matter.

DC editor Liz Gehrlein Marsham went on record saying that Berganza tried to grope her and frequently kissed her and invaded her space when she was a young editor at the company.

Allegations against Berganza initially became public in April 2016, as reported by Newsarama and others.

Another woman who spoke to BuzzFeed anonymously says that in 2012, Berganza forcibly kissed her in a hotel bar while attending Wonder Con in 2012. "While we can not comment on specific personnel matters, DC takes allegations of discrimination and harassment very seriously, promptly investigates reports of misconduct and disciplines those who violate our standards and policies".

Asselin described Berganza's promotion to executive editor as 'massively demoralising'. But for many, many comic book creators and fans, that wasn't almost enough. She told BuzzFeed that all the women she knew who were involved in the complaint eventually left DC.

The New York office had a reputation within the industry as being a hard place for women to work under Berganza.

Berganza's suspension and subsequent firing from DC came after years of multiple publications reporting on numerous instances of people from within the industry speaking out publicly against him and DC for choosing to continue his employment. Per BuzzFeed News, Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment said that they are "committed to eradicating harassment".