EDDIE BERGANZA Terminated by DC ENTERTAINMENT

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"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.

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. Before he was sacked, he was overseeing Dark Knights: Metal, a special series that is reportedly one of DC's biggest-selling titles. Rumors of harassment had long followed Berganza. According to Buzzfeed's sources, Berganza was infamous at the company for making offensive statements to colleagues and that his penchant for making people feel unsafe was "an open secret" at DC.

Berganza, an editor for a quarter-century at DC Comics, has been fired, DC Entertainment and parent company Warner Bros. announced Monday.

Following these allegations DC took action and changed Berganza's job title from executive editor back to group editor.

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.


The Guardian has not yet been able to reach Berganza for comment.

Liz Marsham, a former writer, said Berganza cornered her, forced his tongue in her mouth and tried to grope her in 2006, just three weeks after she first started working at the company. In 2012, DC was made Group Editor.

Berganza was disciplined following a 2012 incident and sought help, and there have been no reports of subsequent misconduct.

DC Entertainment released an official statement on Berganza's firing, which you can find below. In a 2014 article about sexism in the comics industry, Hilty wrote in the Guardian of "the drunk superior at an offsite office party who locked his arm around my shoulders, trying to pull me towards him for a kiss". "DC prides itself on being a premier destination for top talent", she wrote in an email to employees, "as well as an unbelievable creatively collaborative place to work that is a safe and secure environment for our employees and extended freelance family".

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