DC Comics has terminated editor Eddie Berganza following allegations of sexual harassment. An email from the office of Diane Nelson was sent out to DC Talent to notify them of the news.
On Saturday, DC suspended the longtime editor following the publication of a BuzzFeed article on Berganza and the years of sexual harassment and assault complaints against him, which included first-hand accounts from three women, two of which were former DC Comics employees.
DC Entertainment released an official statement on Berganza's firing, which you can find below.
Warner Bros and DC Entertainment have terminated the employment of DC Comics Group Editor Eddie Berganza. 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.
Among the stories recounted in the BuzzFeed article is Liz Gehrlein Marsham’s account that, within weeks of being hired as an editor at DC Comics, Berganza forcibly kissed her and attempted to grope her at a bar near DC’s former New York City offices. When Berganza was promoted to Executive Editor — despite multiple complaints to DC’s human resources department, as the article relates, and Marsham expressing her discomfort to DC Comics Editor-in-Chief Bob Harras — she moved away from working in editorial completely, rather than continue working under Berganza.
Berganza had been with DC Comics since 1992, editing many of the publisher’s highest-profile comics, including the current Dark Nights: Metal event. His photo was included on the cover of Saturday’s New York Daily News, alongside the likes of Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey and Louis C.K., in an article on the recent wave of sexual misconduct allegations against powerful men in the entertainment industry, headlined “Perv Nation.”