DC Comics editor fired after BuzzFeed report exposes multiple sexual assault complaints

15 November, 2017, 00:52 | Author: Laverne Higgins
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"Warner Bros and DC Entertainment have terminated the employment of DC Comics Group Editor Eddie Berganza", the company said in a statement. He now oversees editing of the Superman and Green Lantern titles, as well as the current Dark Nights: Metal event.

Seemingly in response, DC Comics demoted Berganza from Executive Editor to Group Editor.

On Friday, BuzzFeed reported that two women said Berganza had engaged in such behavior more than a decade ago. The article alleged that Berganza had been engaging in the behavior for years but rose through the comic book publisher's ranks despite his alleged actions.

Instances of abuse recounted in the article included Berganza forcibly kissing female co-workers, groping others, and making offensive jokes directed at women.

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. 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.

DC Comics' tolerance for sexual misconduct claims against longtime editor Eddie Berganza has apparently run out.

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DC Comics also reiterated its commitment to create a safe and secure working place for employees and everyone that's involved in creating their comic books. He was named executive editor later that year.

The firing comes after another BuzzFeed News report first detailed the allegations from two former DC employees.

Today, DC announced that it had officially let Berganza go.

"There will be a prompt and yet careful review into next steps as it relates to the allegations against him, and the concerns our talent, employees and fans have shared", the company initially said.

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.

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