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DC Comics Fires Longtime Editor Who Got Away with Sexual Harassment

DC Comics Fires Longtime Editor Who Got Away with Sexual Harassment

The comic book world is the latest industry to make the news by purging men accused of sexual misconduct from its ranks, as longtime DC Comics editor Eddie Berganza has been fired.

"We are committed to eradicating harassment 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", the company said in a statement. 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.

One day after Berganza's suspension was made public, DC chose to fire him, telling Buzzfeed that the company was "committed to eradicating harassment".

According to BuzzFeed, Berganza "developed a reputation for making offensive jokes or line-crossing comments in the presence of or at the expense of women". BuzzFeed's article suggests that Berganza was the unnamed superior.

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In 2010, four then-current employees, and one ex-employee, reported a joint complaint to HR about Berganza.

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.

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. Berganza, who was up for a promotion to executive editor at the time, received that promotion anyway.

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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. Eventually she and all of the other women involved in the group complaint left DC.

The New York office had a reputation within the industry as being a hard place for women to work under Berganza.

DC Comics launched a review and suspended Berganza on Saturday before firing him today.

DC Entertainment initially issued a statement in response to the Buzzfeed article, which was soon followed by an announcement of his suspension from DC Entertainment.

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