DC Has Fired Editor Eddie Berganza Over Claims of Sexual Harassment

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Eddie Berganza, a high-ranking editor at DC Comics, was sacked by DC and Warner Bros. just two days after he was suspended amid claims that he forcibly kissed and groped three women.

In a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, DC Entertainment said, "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". And like the comedian, the cultural shock wave launched by the Harvey Weinstein scandal has rocked his career.

The BuzzFeed piece detailed allegations in which Liz Gehrlein Marsham, then new DC employee, said Berganza kissed and groped her at a NY bar called McGee's that was frequented by DC employees. BuzzFeed's article suggests that Berganza was the unnamed superior.

Liz Gehrlein Marsham told BuzzFeed that at another staff party in 2006, just after she had started working for DC as an editor, Berganza used the excuse of taking a selfie to kiss her, then tried to kiss her again, sticking his tongue in her mouth while she was eating. When Berganza was promoted to Executive Editor, despite multiple complaints to DC's human resources department, as the article states, 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 any longer.

Two women who worked at DC told BuzzFeed News that Berganza either forcibly kissed them, or attempted to do so, in the early to mid 2000s. The woman did not report the incident to DC - she was not an employee and says she was afraid doing so would jeopardize her or her partner's prospects in the comics industry - but dozens of witnesses allegedly saw the incident occur. Berganza, who was up for a promotion to executive editor at the time, received that promotion anyway. After the article initially broke on Friday, DC suspended Berganza on Saturday, before firing him outright on Monday. Following another complaint in 2012, Berganza was demoted to group editor. In light of those allegations, Berganza's work at DC had ceased while the company conducted a "review" of the accusations. Every woman who complained to the company regarding this matter has since left DC.

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