DC Comics fires editor accused of sexual harassment by three women

Peter Castro
November 15, 2017

Multiple women, including former comics journalist and former editor Janelle Asselin, are accusing DC Comics editor Eddie Berganza of sexual harassment and assault, BuzzFeed reports. "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".

Berganza was the top editor for some of DC's major comic titles and had daily interaction with writers, artists, and other editors.

On Friday, BuzzFeed reported that two women said Berganza had engaged in such behavior more than a decade ago.

The Hollywood Reporter was sent a statement by DC Entertainment, where the company plainly expressed its stance on alleged misconduct happening in the workplace... BuzzFeed's article suggests that Berganza was the unnamed superior. 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.

Fellow editor at DC Joan Hilty said Berganza "grabbed her and repeatedly tried to pull her in for a kiss" in the early 2000s. DC Comics has been reached for comment.

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DC Comics also reiterated its commitment to create a safe and secure working place for employees and everyone that's involved in creating their comic books.

DC Comics has terminated editor Eddie Berganza following allegations of sexual harassment. Every woman who complained to the company regarding this matter has since left DC.

DC did not disclose who would be assuming Berganza's duties as Group Editor.

With regards to Berganza directly they said: 'There will be a prompt and yet careful review into next steps [relating] to the allegations against him, and the concerns our talent, employees and fans have shared'.

DC Entertainment initially issued a statement in response to the Buzzfeed article, which was soon followed by an announcement of his suspension from DC Entertainment.

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