The comic book world is the latest industry to make the news by purging men accused of sexual misconduct from its ranks, as longtime DC Comics editor Eddie Berganza has been fired. "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". He now oversees editing of the Superman and Green Lantern titles, as well as the current Dark Nights: Metal event.
The third woman, who wants to remain anonymous, said Berganza forcibly kissed her at a comics convention in March 2012.
One day after Berganza's suspension was made public, DC chose to fire him, telling Buzzfeed that the company was "committed to eradicating harassment". The incidents described allegedly took place years ago, but in the midst of a wave of sexual assault stories surrounding entertainment figures like Harvey Weinstein and Louis C.K., these women felt the time was right to come forward.
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While Berganza's name was initially kept away from the article, the site corroborated his identity in a later article.
Instances of abuse recounted in the article included Berganza forcibly kissing female co-workers, groping others, and making offensive jokes directed at women.
BuzzFeed on Friday published a lengthy examination of the comic book editor who has shepherded such high-profile properties as Superman and Wonder Woman - comic book characters that would leap to the entertainment mainstream through movies and television shows. And then in 2010, former DC editor Janelle Asselin organized a group of employees to file a joint complaint to HR about Berganza. "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".
DC did not disclose who would be assuming Berganza's duties as Group Editor.