Berganza Fired After Buzzfeed Bombshell
On Monday, DC Comics terminated longtime group editor Eddie Berganza in light of recent reports of sexual harassment. An expose in Buzzfeed was published over the weekend that detailed Berganza’s long and troubling history. Two women on the record and one anonymous woman spoke to Buzzfeed about how Berganza groped and assaulted them in the past.
In 2010, a former editor, Janelle Asselin, reported Berganza to Warner Bros./DC Comics HR for these assaults, only for him to be promoted to executive editor. However, a 2012 incident at Wondercon resulted in a demotion and other punishments. It seems that DC Comics has found that previous punishment to be insufficient. Berganza was suspended on Sunday, the day after the expose was published.
DC Comics and Warner Bros. have issued the following joint statement:
“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.”
Long Career Destroyed By Crude Behavior
Berganza joined DC Comics in 1992, first as a writer and later as an editor. He was an editor for Infinite Crisis, Blackest Night, and Justice League. Most recently, he was the editor in charge of DC’s Metal event by Scott Snyder. DC Comics has yet to announce who will be his replacement or oversee the titles he was in charge of in the meantime. He was also in charge of the Superman family of books at the time of this article.
In an industry rife with horror stories of harassment and abuse, this marks a step towards fixing the problem. Hopefully, more women and men will come forward with their stories. With the recent tidal wave of reports regarding sexual harassment in the entertainment industry, it is time for comic books to clean up their act. This is one small step towards that.