Following a suspension over the weekend, DC Entertainment has finally fired editor Eddie Berganza, according to The Hollywood Reporter. For years rumors & reports of Berganza’s sexual harassment & assault of women that formerly worked for the comic book publisher had surfaced while at the same time Berganza continued to rise through the ranks.
Late last week Buzzfeed released a story where three women, two of them on record and one remaining anonymous, spoke of how Berganza had forced himself upon them to kiss and grope them. Following the stories release, DC moved to suspend the veteran editor.
Their official statement of his firing reads: “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.”
Former DC editor Janelle Asselin and a group of employees organized to report a complaint to Human Resources in 2010, after he continued to be promoted. Two years later he was demoted after a Bleeding Cool article reported allegations of his forcibly kissing a woman at WonderCon, but he was kept at the company despite this.
Many creators including Gail Simone, Jeff Lemire & Shea Fontana took to social media over the weekend to call out DC Comics on Berganza’s continued employment and how their turning a blind eye to reports made of his behavior had led many women in the industry to avoid the workplace or be on edge anytime they had to interact with him or those ignoring his behavior.
This move is just the latest in a rising number of men in power who’s disgusting behavior towards women has been revealed because more and more women are coming forward to shed light on those that have harassed and assaulted them.