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DC Comics editor fired amid sexual assault allegations

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Stacy Diaz | 14 November, 2017, 04:02

The accusations first came to light in a piece on Buzzfeed, which reported that DC promoted Berganza even after at least two women allegedly reported that he forcibly kissed and grope them.

Berganza, 53, had been at DC Comics since the 1990s and worked on Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman titles.

The BuzzFeed piece shared detailed allegations from Liz Gehrlein Marsham, then a new DC employee, who said Berganza kissed and groped her at a NY bar.

"Warner Bros and DC Entertainment have terminated the employment of DC Comics Group Editor Eddie Berganza", DC Entertainment said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter.

Berganza had been suspended after an extensive report into the allegations was published last Friday by BuzzFeed.

All of the women who spoke to Buzzfeed regarding the allegations no longer work for DC Comics and one woman spoke anonymously due to the fact that her boyfriend still does work for the company. But Berganza was demoted two years later to story editor after allegations that he forcibly kissed a woman at WonderCon surfaced in a Bleeding Cool article. He rose through the ranks at DC to become the company's executive editor in 2010, despite persistent rumors regarding his inappropriate workplace behavior. Berganza, who was up for a promotion to executive editor at the time, received that promotion anyway.

She once wrote in the Guardian about Berganza, 'the drunk superior at an offsite office party who locked his arm around my shoulders, trying to pull me towards him for a kiss'. In 2012, DC announced that Berganza's job was being changed to group editor, as he was seemingly replaced by newly-appointed Editorial Director Bobbi Chase. According to Buzzfeed's sources, Berganza was infamous at the company for making offensive statements to colleagues and that his penchant for making people feel unsafe was "an open secret" at DC.

Berganza has not yet commented on the allegations or his suspension and eventual firing.

While the comics industry has evolved slightly since these incidents took place, DC Comics in particular has struggled with charges of institutional sexism, and the dominance of white, male creators on its staff and in its titles has manifested itself in surprising ways. She told BuzzFeed that all the women she knew who were involved in the complaint eventually left DC.