The latest career to get decapitated on the railroad tracks of the allegation express is comic book editor Eddie Berganza, who was sacked by DC Comics after years of complaints filed against Berganza for sexual harassment. "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".
Among the stories recounted in the BuzzFeed article is Liz Gehrlein Marsham's account that, within weeks of being hired as an editor at DC Comics, Berganza forcibly kissed her and attempted to grope her at a bar near DC's former New York City offices.
Berganza started with DC in 1992 and worked his way up to eventually become executive editor of the DCU in 2010. Berganza, who was up for a promotion to executive editor at the time, received that promotion anyway.
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. Rumors of inappropriate conduct by Berganza have circulated openly for roughly a decade, and several former employees came forward last week in a story published by Buzzfeed alleging a pattern of sexual harassment.
After the earlier suspension of Berganza, the comics website the Mary Sue alleged that DC's response was "undeniably too little, too late".
While some people have praised DC for parting ways with Berganza, his firing has caused some controversy online.
The women in BuzzFeed's report all emphasize the competitive nature of the comics industry, where legions of fans dream of working at Marvel and DC, as contributing to the pressure they felt to stay silent. Eventually she and all of the other women involved in the group complaint left DC.
DC had already punished Berganza at least once in the past over his behavior.