DC Comics Fires Longtime Editor Following Sexual Harassment Claims

15 November, 2017, 00:51 | Author: Julio Duncan
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An email from the office of Diane Nelson was sent out to DC Talent to notify them of the news.

The group editor of DC Comics has been fired amid allegations from three women regarding sexual harassment and assault.

DC Entertainment released an official statement on Berganza's firing, which you can find below.

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

"We are committed to eradicating harassment", DC Comics said in a statement, "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".

According to the original BuzzFeed story, rumors of Berganza's misconduct were circulating at DC for years, and his accusers left the company while he continued to rise through the ranks until he became a group editor.


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

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

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

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.

Instances of abuse recounted in the article included Berganza forcibly kissing female co-workers, groping others, and making offensive jokes directed at women. And while that is slowly changing, with the popularity of Wonder Woman and women-led comics from the likes of Gabby Rivera and Rainbow Rowell, the Berganza story is clear and undeniable proof that we still have a very long way to go. "But as a fan and supporter, I expect them and Warner Bros to do the right thing and fire Eddie Berganza". But for many, many comic book creators and fans, that wasn't almost enough.

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

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