In a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, DC Entertainment said, "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". 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. It wasn't until 2012 that Berganza was demoted to story editor after allegations that he forcibly kissed a woman at WonderCon surfaced in a Bleeding Cool article. 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".
The firing comes after another BuzzFeed News report first detailed the allegations from two former DC employees.
Two women who worked at DC Comics in 2010 complained to the company's human resources department about unwanted advances Berganza made in the early to mid 2000s, including forcible kissing and attempted groping. She told BuzzFeed that all the women she knew who were involved in the complaint eventually left DC.
The Guardian has not yet been able to reach Berganza for comment.
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'.
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. And I'm just not convinced that DC is doing the work to fundamentally change that culture. She said working for him would feel "scuzzy and scary". In a 2014 article about sexism in the comics industry, Hilty wrote in the Guardian of "the drunk superior at an offsite office party who locked his arm around my shoulders, trying to pull me towards him for a kiss".