Following a report of years of unchecked sexual harassment allegations, longtime DC Comics editor Eddie Berganza was sacked from the company on Monday. "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 was demoted two years later to story editor after allegations that he forcibly kissed a woman at WonderCon surfaced in aBleeding Cool article. Over the weekend, DC had issued a statement saying Berganza had been suspended and an investigation was underway.
Not unlike with Louis C.K., Eddie Berganza and the allegations over sexual behavior that trailed him had become an open secret within his industry. It was announced by Buzzfeed that Eddie Berganza has been fired in the wake of the allegations becoming public. Cartoonist Joan Hilty said Berganza kissed and groped her at McGee's in the early 2000s.
Five women (one anonymously) accused Berganza of sexual harassment, and other sources say that the editor has been accused of such behavior going back several decades. HR reportedly did no follow-up with any of these employees, and despite their complaints, Berganza was promoted to executive editor - a blow Asselin called "massively demoralizing".More news: Injured After Driver Plows Car Into Crowd in France
Berganza had been an employee at DC Comics for 25 years, and was a group editor who oversaw production of major titles, including Superman, Supergirl, and Wonder Woman.
DC Comics launched a review and suspended Berganza on Saturday before firing him today.
Last week, a Buzzfeed expose revealed that DC Comics had a villain in its midst.
In response to this news DC said in a statement: 'DC and Warner Bros are unequivocally committed to cultivating a work environment of dignity and respect, one that is safe and harassment free for all employees'.