DC Comics Has Fired Eddie Berganza, But His Enablers are Still Around

DC Comics Has Fired Eddie Berganza, But His Enablers are Still Around

"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".

In response, DC - which the BuzzFeed report alleges ignored reports about Berganza's behavior for years, and promoted him at one point to editor-in-chief of the company - has indefinitely suspended him.

Berganza, 53, had been at DC Comics since the 1990s and worked on Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman titles. At the time of his suspension, he was overseeing popular DC titles, like its bestselling Dark Nights: Metal series. Berganza's reputation of sexual misconduct was well known within the comic industry, but was brought to the attention of the general public when Buzzfeed wrote a lengthy article about the former editor's behavior late last week, leading to some extra scrutiny placed on DC and Warner Bros. And like the comedian, the cultural shock wave launched by the Harvey Weinstein scandal has rocked his career.

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, the website Bleeding Cool published a blind item about a "senior comic book figure" at WonderCon who aggressively "tried to make out with" a woman in full view of a Bleeding Cool freelance reporter.

Berganza still received the promotion, but was demoted to group editor in 2012 after another woman said he kissed her without her consent at a comics convention. After the article initially broke on Friday, DC suspended Berganza on Saturday, before firing him outright on Monday. In the end, DC Comics made the right decision, but many are asking why this didn't happen sooner.

The New York office had a reputation within the industry as being a hard place for women to work under Berganza.

I hope this move helps the women who work at and with DC to feel safer, as it removes the ticking time-bomb of a serial harasser from the office.

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