Published: Tue, November 14, 2017
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

DC Entertainment Terminates Editor Eddie Berganza

DC Entertainment Terminates Editor Eddie Berganza

According to BuzzFeed, DC put out a statement insisting that they were "committed to eradicating harassment", echoing a similar sentiment they put out over the weekend.

DC Comics on Monday fired the editor Eddie Berganza following accusations of sexual harassment made against him by three women in the past.

One of the women, Liz Gehrlein Marsham, claimed that Berganza, a top editor at DC Comics who oversaw properties including Superman and Wonder Woman, forcibly kissed her at a bar in December 2006, when she had worked for the company for less than three weeks.

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Berganza had been with DC Comics since 1992, editing numerous publisher's highest-profile comics, including the current Dark Nights: Metal event.

Within comics culture, Berganza's alleged behavior has for years been an open secret, the subject of blunt gossip and open speculation. When Berganza was promoted to Executive Editor - despite multiple complaints to DC's human resources department, as the article relates, and Marsham expressing her discomfort to DC Comics Editor-in-Chief Bob Harras - she moved away from working in editorial completely, rather than continue working under Berganza. He rose through the ranks at DC to become the company's executive editor in 2010, despite persistent rumors regarding his inappropriate workplace behavior. The woman herself later said she was too scared to report the coercion, but allegations surfaced in a Bleeding Cool article, which initially did not name Berganza.

DC released the following statement: "Warner Bros and DC Entertainment have terminated the employment of DC Comics group editor Eddie Berganza".

Warner Bros. and its DC Entertainment brand reached out to Buzzfeed to say the firing of Berganza is an example that the company is, "committed to eradication harassment".

Berganza was disciplined following a 2012 incident and sought help, and there have been no reports of subsequent misconduct.

With regards to Berganza directly they said: 'There will be a prompt and yet careful review into next steps [relating] 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.

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