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DC Comics suspends Eddie Berganza due to sexual assault allegations

DC Comics suspends Eddie Berganza due to sexual assault allegations

Eddie Berganza, a high-ranking editor at DC Comics, was sacked Monday following a BuzzFeed News report detailing years of sexual harassment allegations against him.

In a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, DC Entertainment said, "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". However, with Berganza still working on major DC Comics projects (like the popular current Batman-centric storyline, Dark Knights: Metal), it seems to indicate that DC was more concerned with the money he could make for the publisher, rather than his personal conduct. In 2012, Berganza assaulted a woman in a widely witnessed incident at a con, after which he was effectively demoted, moved to the still-prestigious position of group editor for the Superman universe.

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. Within comics culture, Berganza's alleged behavior has for years been an open secret, the subject of gossip and open speculation. "But as a fan and supporter, I expect them and Warner Bros to do the right thing and fire Eddie Berganza". Several people complained to the company's human resources department in 2010, when Berganza was up for a promotion to executive editor. Rumors of harassment had long followed Berganza.

DC has fired editor Eddie Berganza after accusations of sexual harassment. DC Comics has been reached for comment.

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By Monday morning, some comic book sites were reporting that DC Comics has fired Beganza.

DC Comics launched a review and suspended Berganza on Saturday before firing him today.

DC did not disclose who would be assuming Berganza's duties as Group Editor. DC continues to be extremely committed to creating a safe and secure working environment for our employees and everyone involved in the creation of our comic books.


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