DC Comics Fires Eddie Berganza Over Alleged Sexual Misconduct

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Berganza was suspended by DC following a BuzzFeed News report detailing the accounts of multiple women who accused him of sexual assault, some who were employed by DC at the time.

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 was the top editor for some of DC's major comic titles and had daily interaction with writers, artists, and other editors. Following another complaint in 2012, Berganza was demoted to group editor.

Within comics culture, Berganza's alleged behavior has for years been an open secret, the subject of blunt gossip and open speculation.

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.

All of the women who spoke to Buzzfeed regarding the allegations no longer work for DC Comics and one woman spoke anonymously due to the fact that her boyfriend still does work for the company.

Fellow editor at DC Joan Hilty said Berganza "grabbed her and repeatedly tried to pull her in for a kiss" in the early 2000s. In the end, DC Comics made the right decision, but many are asking why this didn't happen sooner. But for many, many comic book creators and fans, that wasn't almost enough.

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

While there's little ambiguity in the incredibly extensive report that Buzzfeed put together about Berganza's actions, the larger question is what the blowback will be on DC Comics. Every woman who complained to the company regarding this matter has since left DC.

DC had already punished Berganza at least once in the past over his behavior.

"There will be a prompt and yet careful review into next steps as it relates to the allegations against him, and the concerns our talent, employees and fans have shared", the company initially said. The statement added that DC Comics was "committed to eradicating harassment".

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