DC Comics Editor Fired Following Sexual Assault Claims
DC has fired veteran editor Eddie Berganza following allegations of sexual assault by former employees of the company.
"Warner Bros and DC Entertainment have terminated the employment of DC Comics Group Editor Eddie Berganza," DC Entertainment said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. "We are committed to eradicating harassment and ensuring that all employees, as well as our freelance community, are aware of our policies, are comfortable reporting any concerns and feel supported by our Company."
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DC had previously suspended Berganza in the wake of a BuzzFeed story published Friday in which three women, two on the record and one unnamed, alleged he forcibly kissed and groped them. Rumors of harassment had long followed Berganza.
The BuzzFeed piece detailed allegations in which Liz Gehrlein Marsham, then new DC employee, said Berganza kissed and groped her at a New York bar called McGee's that was frequented by DC employees. Cartoonist Joan Hilty said Berganza kissed and groped her at McGee's in the early 2000s.
In 2010, 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. But Berganza was demoted two years later to story editor after allegations that he forcibly kissed a woman at WonderCon surfaced in a Bleeding Cool article.
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. He had, during his time with the company, been Group Editor on the Superman family of titles, as well as Executive Editor over DC's superhero line as a whole.
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