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DC Comics fires editor Eddie Berganza over sexual harassment accusations

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DC Entertainment has suspended Group Editor Eddie Berganza after new sexual assault allegations against the long-time employee came to light in a Buzzfeed article. "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 had been with DC Comics since 1992, editing numerous publisher's highest-profile comics, including the current Dark Nights: Metal event. It wasn't until 2012 that Berganza was demoted to story editor after allegations that he forcibly kissed a woman at WonderCon surfaced in a Bleeding Cool article. Finally, DC Entertainment president Diane Nelson issued a statement indicating that Mr. Berganza has been let go.

Within comics culture, Berganza's alleged behavior has for years been an open secret, the subject of blunt gossip and open speculation. And then in 2010, former DC editor Janelle Asselin organized a group of employees to file a joint complaint to HR about Berganza.

DC has fired editor Eddie Berganza after accusations of sexual harassment.

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

Five women (one anonymously) accused Berganza of sexual harassment, and other sources say that the editor has been accused of such behavior going back several decades.

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.

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The women in BuzzFeed's report all emphasize the competitive nature of the comics industry, where legions of fans dream of working at Marvel and DC, as contributing to the pressure they felt to stay silent. DC continues to be extremely committed to creating a safe and secure working environment for our employees and everyone involved in the creation of our comic books.