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DC Comics Fires Eddie Berganza Over Sexual Harassment Allegations

DC Comics Fires Eddie Berganza Over Sexual Harassment Allegations

One of the stories recounted in the BuzzFeed article released late last week is Liz Gehrlein Marsham's account that, within weeks of being hired as an editor at DC Comics, Eddie Berganza forcibly kissed her and attempted to grope her at a bar near DC's former New York City offices.

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.

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.

On Saturday, one day after BuzzFeed News' report, DC announced it was suspending Berganza and launching a "prompt yet careful review into next steps".

While some people have praised DC for parting ways with Berganza, his firing has caused some controversy online. BuzzFeed's article suggests that Berganza was the unnamed superior.

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Though neither Marsham nor Hilty reported Berganza to their supervisors or to HR after these incidents, they both, along with at least three other DC employees including Asselin, went to HR as a group with their concerns in 2010, when Berganza was being considered for the role of executive editor.

DC Comics' tolerance for sexual misconduct claims against longtime editor Eddie Berganza has apparently run out. "While we can not comment on specific personnel matters, DC takes allegations of discrimination and harassment very seriously, promptly investigates reports of misconduct and disciplines those who violate our standards and policies". Instead of being investigated, or fired, Berganaza was named executive editor later that same year.

You don't need me to tell you that the male-dominated comic book world has long ignored, abused, and generally mistreated many women who have dared to speak out in the industry. even just creatively.

While there's little ambiguity in the incredibly extensive report that Buzzfeed put together about Berganza's actions, the larger question is what the blowback will be on DC Comics. Per BuzzFeed News, Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment said that they are "committed to eradicating harassment".