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

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

Three former DC employees accused editor Eddie Berganza of sexual assault while they worked for the company.

"Warner Bros and DC Entertainment have terminated the employment of DC Comics Group Editor Eddie Berganza", DC Entertainment said in a statement. Everyone who said they complained about Berganza to DC's human resources department in 2010 has since left the company, and some comics professionals said they turned down offers to work on titles that Berganza oversaw because of the allegations against him.

Berganza was for years the subject of sexual misconduct rumors in the comics industry, but his departure from the company comes after BuzzFeed published a story on Friday chronicling complaints against him.

Allegations against Berganza initially became public in April 2016, as reported by Newsarama and others. 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. Cartoonist Joan Hilty also said Berganza kissed and groped her at the same bar in the early 2000s.

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.

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.

Asselin described Berganza's promotion to executive editor as 'massively demoralising'.

A promotional image of DC Comics villains and superheroes. "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".

In announcing Berganza's termination, representatives for Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment told BuzzFeed News they were "committed to eradicating harassment".

After the 2012 WonderCon incident, Berganza reportedly apologized to DC's all-male staff for his behavior and pledged to change.

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