New Details Emerge in Alleged DC Editor Misconduct Complaints

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Details are emerging about a series of reported incidents involving DC Entertainment Group Editor Eddie Berganza that took place between approximately 2010 and 2012 — complaints of alleged inappropriate behavior that reportedly led to the editor's 2012 demotion from his former position as executive editor.

The initial, on-the-record allegations came from former DC editor Janelle Asselin, a freelance editor and writer. Asselin stated on a series of Twitter and Patreon posts over the last week that while she was employed by DC in 2010, she reported to then-DC Executive Editor Dan DiDio what she called “concerns of the women in DC editorial about Berganza.”

She said that although she was never treated inappropriately by Berganza herself, she “became aware” of various allegations against the editor.

Two other sources who worked for DC at the time have claimed to Newsarama that they were aware of alleged complaints against Berganza for inappropriate behavior toward both men and women at the DC offices during that timeframe.

According to Asselin, after her 2010 report, the human resources department at DC began an inquiry into the allegations, and she claims she was personally aware of eight people who shared complaints. She is unaware of the result of that inquiry and left DC in 2011.

“I left DC because they promoted him anyway," she posted last Wednesday on Twitter.

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Asselin also alleged that another complaint was made against Berganza for something that happened at WonderCon in 2012 after her departure from the company. Two sources have described to Newsarama that the 2012 incident took place in a hotel lobby during WonderCon, and it involved Berganza allegedly grabbing a DC writer's girlfriend and forcing his mouth onto hers.

Multiple sources say that the alleged incident was not reported to police, but when it was reported to then-DC editor-in-chief Bob Harras, he took the company's prescribed steps toward beginning the official investigation into the alleged incident. Two sources have indicated that more than one executive at DC voiced a desire for Berganza's termination at the time.

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In 2012, the DC offices were located in New York, but according to one source who worked at DC then, the Warner Bros. legal department in Burbank, Calif., became involved in the investigation of the alleged incident. 

Asselin reported (and another unnamed source confirmed to Newsarama) that — as an apparent result of the 2012 incident — Berganza was suspended from his job for two weeks, then demoted from his executive editor position to group editor, and was not allowed to travel to conventions for an unspecified amount of time. The verity of the alleged demotion is supported by DC official reports at the time of the editor's title change from executive editor to group editor, the position he still holds at DC.

“There have not been any other reported incidents since,” Asselin posted on Patreon.

Berganza started with DC in 1992 and worked his way up to eventually become executive editor of the DCU in 2010. In 2012, DC announced that Berganza's job was being changed to group editor, as he was seemingly replaced by newly-appointed Editorial Director Bobbi Chase. He currently oversees editing of Superman-related comic books.

DC Entertainment has yet to issue a statement on the matter.

[Editor's Note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that multiple sources indicated Harras sent Berganza home from WonderCan after the alleged 2012 incident. We have since edited to story with more accurate information.]

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