DC Comics fires longtime editor Eddie Berganza due to sexual harassment allegations
Not unlike with Louis C.K., Eddie Berganza and the allegations over sexual behaviour that trailed him had become an open secret within his industry. And like the comedian, the cultural shock wave launched by the Harvey Weinstein scandal has rocked his career.
Berganza, an editor for a quarter-century at DC Comics, has been fired, DC Entertainment and parent company Warner Bros. announced Monday.
“We are committed to eradicating harassment,” DC Comics said in a statement, “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.”
Berganza, who was the DC Comics Group editor, had guided Wonder Woman, Superman and Supergirl books, and most recently edited the special Dark Knights: Metal series.
Berganza had remained employed at DC despite years of allegations against him over unwanted sexual advances and contact, BuzzFeed News reported.
On Friday, BuzzFeed reported that two women said Berganza had engaged in such behaviour more than a decade ago. He was promoted to a higher editing post in 2010 despite complaints to human resources, but was demoted two years later, reportedly after an alleged unwanted sexual advance at a comic convention.
DC Comics suspended Berganza the day after the BuzzFeed News report was published.
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