"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 company said in a statement.
Those fears were apparently well-founded: As BuzzFeed notes, "among the women who reported Berganza to human resources, none still work for DC", and all have moved away from working in mainstream comics publishing. Berganza, a group editor, oversaw production on comics like Superman and Wonder Woman.
But as I mentioned in my piece about his suspension, Berganza's enablers are still around.
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Liz Marsham, a former writer, said Berganza cornered her, forced his tongue in her mouth and tried to grope her in 2006, just three weeks after she first started working at the company. Eventually she and all of the other women involved in the group complaint left DC. In 2012, the website Bleeding Cool published a blind item about a "senior comic book figure" at WonderCon who aggressively "tried to make out with" a woman in full view of a Bleeding Cool freelance reporter.
Berganza was disciplined following a 2012 incident and sought help, and there have been no reports of subsequent misconduct. Today, DC announced that it had officially let Berganza go.
Several former and current DC employees BuzzFeed spoke with insist Berganza has fully reformed and repented. A DC spokesperson told BuzzFeed that "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", but did not comment on the specific allegations against Berganza. But for many, many comic book creators and fans, that wasn't almost enough.
She once wrote in the Guardian about Berganza, 'the drunk superior at an offsite office party who locked his arm around my shoulders, trying to pull me towards him for a kiss'.