Published: Tue, November 14, 2017
Culture | By Stewart Greene

DC Comics suspends Superman editor Eddie Berganza following allegations of sexual misconduct

DC Comics suspends Superman editor Eddie Berganza following allegations of sexual misconduct

Berganza, an editor for a quarter-century at DC Comics, has been fired, DC Entertainment and parent company Warner Bros. announced Monday.

Cartoonist and editor Joan Hilty told BuzzFeed that at a staff party in the early 2000s, Berganza repeatedly and forcibly tried to kiss her, even after she told him no.

According to Buzzfeed, Berganza "disappeared" from the office for several days after the blog post went live, and he apologized in an email to senior DC executives without denying that he had attacked a woman in 2012.

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DC had already punished Berganza at least once in the past over his behavior.

Liz Gehrlein Marsham, who had only been working at the company for less than three weeks, claims Berganza aggressively kissed her in December 2006 at a bar. Later that evening, she alleged, he tried to grope her.

A third woman, who chose to remain anonymous for fear of retaliation, said Berganza forcibly kissed her in a hotel bar in 2012 when she was attending a comics convention with her boyfriend as a freelance writer.

Asselin described Berganza's promotion to executive editor as 'massively demoralising'. The woman did not report the incident to DC - she was not an employee and says she was afraid doing so would jeopardize her or her partner's prospects in the comics industry - but dozens of witnesses allegedly saw the incident occur.

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'.

Allegations against Berganza initially became public in April 2016, as reported by Newsarama and others. But for the victims, as well as the larger crowd of women who are noted to have avoided work at DC because of the well-known threat of Berganza, this will hopefully be a fresh start. "While we can not comment on specific personnel matters, DC takes allegations of discrimination and harassment very seriously, promptly investigates reports of misconduct and disciplines those who violate our standards and policies".

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