One of the women, Liz Gehrlein Marsham, claimed that Berganza, a top editor at DC Comics who oversaw properties including Superman and Wonder Woman, forcibly kissed her at a bar in December 2006, when she had worked for the company for less than three weeks. An email from the office of Diane Nelson was sent out to DC Talent to notify them of the news.
DC Entertainment has immediately suspended Mr. Berganza and has removed him from performing his duties as Group Editor at DC Comics. "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".
As recently 2012, DC was noted to have reprimanded Berganza with wrist-slap punishments like a slight demotion (from executive editor down to group editor). At the time of his suspension, he was overseeing popular DC titles, like its bestselling Dark Nights: Metal series.
Within comics culture, Berganza's alleged behavior has for years been an open secret, the subject of blunt gossip and open speculation. Instead of being investigated, or fired, Berganaza was named executive editor later that same year.
Fellow editor at DC Joan Hilty said Berganza "grabbed her and repeatedly tried to pull her in for a kiss" in the early 2000s.
Allegations against Berganza initially became public in April 2016, as reported by Newsarama and others. DC Comics has been reached for comment.
You don't need me to tell you that the male-dominated comic book world has long ignored, abused, and generally mistreated many women who have dared to speak out in the industry. even just creatively. Every woman who complained to the company regarding this matter has since left DC.
DC was unmoved, and Berganza stayed in his role until Buzzfeed published its report. DC continues to be extremely committed to creating a safe and secure working environment for our employees and everyone involved in the creation of our comic books.