DC Comics editor Eddie Berganza fired amid sexual assault allegations

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The third woman, who wants to remain anonymous, said Berganza forcibly kissed her at a comics convention in March 2012.

Berganza had worked with DC since the early 1990s, both as a writer on titles including Superman, Batman/Superman and Wednesday Comics and an editor on many of DC's highest profile launches of the past decade, including Justice League, Infinite Crisis and Blackest Night.

On Saturday, DC suspended the longtime editor following the publication of a BuzzFeed article on Berganza and the years of sexual harassment and assault complaints against him, which included first-hand accounts from three women, two of which were former DC Comics employees.

"Warner Bros and DC Entertainment have terminated the employment of DC Comics Group Editor Eddie Berganza", the statement said.

The statement added that DC Comics was 'committed to eradicating harassment'. But Berganza was demoted two years later to story editor after allegations that he forcibly kissed a woman at WonderCon surfaced in a Bleeding Cool 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.

DC Comics had suspended Berganza the day after the BuzzFeed News report was published.

The answer, as we've seen far too frequently in recent weeks with the Harvey Weinstein scandal and subsequent wave of allegations against men accused of sexual assault and harassment, is that women in the industry were afraid to publicly accuse him for fear of it harming their careers. 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".

Allegations against Berganza initially became public in April 2016, as reported by Newsarama and others.

In a 2012 email to his fellow editors Berganza wrote: 'You have my word, I will not allow this to happen again. In light of those allegations, Berganza's work at DC had ceased while the company conducted a "review" of the accusations. But for the victims, as well as the larger crowd of women who are noted to have avoided work at DC because of the well-known threat of Berganza, this will hopefully be a fresh start.

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