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DC Comics Editor Fired Following Sexual Assault Claims

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Edmund Wade | 15 November, 2017, 00:52

DC Entertainment has immediately suspended Mr. Berganza and has removed him from performing his duties as Group Editor at DC Comics. However, with Berganza still working on major DC Comics projects (like the popular current Batman-centric storyline, Dark Knights: Metal), it seems to indicate that DC was more concerned with the money he could make for the publisher, rather than his personal conduct.

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

On Monday, the company issued a statement to the Hollywood Reporter. The incidents described allegedly took place years ago, but in the midst of a wave of sexual assault stories surrounding entertainment figures like Harvey Weinstein and Louis C.K., these women felt the time was right to come forward.

Another woman who spoke to BuzzFeed anonymously says that in 2012, Berganza forcibly kissed her in a hotel bar while attending Wonder Con in 2012.

Instances of abuse recounted in the article included Berganza forcibly kissing female co-workers, groping others, and making offensive jokes directed at women.

DC has fired veteran editor Eddie Berganza following allegations of sexual assault by former employees of the company.

A promotional image of DC Comics villains and superheroes. Asselin said that development was "massively demoralising" at the time.

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

With regards to Berganza directly they said: 'There will be a prompt and yet careful review into next steps [relating] to the allegations against him, and the concerns our talent, employees and fans have shared'.

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'.

In announcing Berganza's termination, representatives for Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment told BuzzFeed News they were "committed to eradicating harassment".

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