DC Comics suspends Eddie Berganza due to sexual assault allegations

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DC had previously suspended Berganza in the wake of a BuzzFeed story published Friday in which three women, two on the record and one unnamed, alleged he forcibly kissed and groped them.

Following a report of years of unchecked sexual harassment allegations, longtime DC Comics editor Eddie Berganza was sacked from the company on Monday. "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". However, with Berganza still working on major DC Comics projects (like the popular current Batman-centric storyline, Dark Knights: Metal), it seems to indicate that DC was more concerned with the money he could make for the publisher, rather than his personal conduct. 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. On Saturday, one day after BuzzFeed News' report, DC announced it was suspending Berganza and launching a review into the matter.

DC Entertainment released an official statement on Berganza's firing, which you can find below. Furthermore, according to Buzzfeed's report, five people reported Berganza to human resources, but even with a demotion from executive editor to group editor, not much was done to stop his behavior. HR reportedly did no follow-up with any of these employees, and despite their complaints, Berganza was promoted to executive editor - a blow Asselin called "massively demoralizing".

DC Comics' tolerance for sexual misconduct claims against longtime editor Eddie Berganza has apparently run out. Eventually she and all of the other women involved in the group complaint left DC. Shortly after the allegations came out, DC suspended Berganza and pulled him off from his editorial duties.

DC Entertainment initially issued a statement in response to the Buzzfeed article, which was soon followed by an announcement of his suspension from DC Entertainment.

Berganza had worked with DC since the early 1990s.

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