SEXUAL MISCONDUCT ACCUSATIONS AGAINST Eddie Berganza
In a BuzzFeed article DC, Comics employees shared their alleged stories of harassment and assault from Berganza towards them and confirmed that multiple employees had complained about his behavior to DC’s human relations department before he was promoted to Executive Editor in 2010.
Former DC Comics editor Liz Gehrlein Marsham (credited during her time at DC as Elisabeth V. Gehrlein), reported in the article that less than three weeks after she started working at DC, Berganza forcibly stuck his tongue in her mouth and attempted to grope her, at a bar near DC’s former New York City offices. Marsham eventually took a non-editorial position in order to avoid working directly with Berganza and is now no longer with the company.
Cartoonist and former DC editor Joan Hilty stated that Berganza grabbed her and repeatedly attempted to kiss her at an off-site get-together in the early 2000s. Another former DC editor, Janelle Asselin, provided further detail of the complaint to HR against Berganza she spearheaded in 2010, which she’s written about them in the past. “People were constantly warning other people away from him,” Asselin is quoted in the article.
Alegidly Berganza forcibly kissed a woman in 2012 at a hotel bar near the WonderCon convention in Anaheim. The woman was not a DC employee, but her boyfriend at the time was a DC Comics writer. “At the time I was so terrified that this would affect myself or my partner’s prospects in comics, worried it would jeopardize either of our careers,” the woman, who chose to remain anonymous, is quoted. Berganza was demoted from Executive Editor to group editor following the incident.
DC had the following statement “DC and WB are unequivocally committed to cultivating a work environment of dignity and respect, one that is safe and harassment free for all employees. We take all claims of harassment very seriously and investigate them promptly. Employees found in violation of the policies are dealt with swiftly and decisively, and subject to disciplinary actions and consequences.”http://www.firstcomicsnews.com/sexual-misconduct-accusations-against-eddie-berganza/http://www.firstcomicsnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/me-too-600x257.pnghttp://www.firstcomicsnews.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/me-too-150x64.pngNews