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DC Comics editor fired amid sexual assault allegations

15 November 2017
DC Comics editor fired amid sexual assault allegations

Berganza had been under intense scrutiny after a BuzzFeed exposé article over the weekend linked him to several past incidents of sexual harassment or outright assault with female DC Comics employees.

The publishing house released a statement announcing Berganza's suspension and detailed how they are going to handle the issue saying, "DC Entertainment has immediately suspended Mr. Berganza and has removed him from performing his duties as Group Editor at DC Comics". "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". He now oversees editing of the Superman and Green Lantern titles, as well as the current Dark Nights: Metal event.

Berganza had been suspended after an extensive report into the allegations was published last Friday by BuzzFeed.

On Monday morning, author and comic book writer Marjorie Liu took to Twitter to share that she had "lost count of how many times [she] explicitly told DC editorial that [she] wouldn't write for them because of Berganza". 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".

While Berganza's name was initially kept away from the article, the site corroborated his identity in a later article. And while that is slowly changing, with the popularity of Wonder Woman and women-led comics from the likes of Gabby Rivera and Rainbow Rowell, the Berganza story is clear and undeniable proof that we still have a very long way to go. Instead of being investigated, or fired, Berganaza was named executive editor later that same year.

"By the time I left", Marsham said of her time at DC Comics, "I was really demoralized".

DC Comics also reiterated its commitment to create a safe and secure working place for employees and everyone that's involved in creating their comic books.

The women who made complaints against Berganza seven years ago have all sense moved on from the company.

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