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". And like the comedian, the cultural shock wave launched by the Harvey Weinstein scandal has rocked his career. The report went up last Friday, and Berganza was suspended by DC a day later. And then in 2010, former DC editor Janelle Asselin organized a group of employees to file a joint complaint to HR about Berganza.
According to BuzzFeed, Berganza "developed a reputation for making offensive jokes or line-crossing comments in the presence of or at the expense of women".
Liz Gehrlein Marsham, who had only been working at the company for less than three weeks, claims Berganza aggressively kissed her in December 2006 at a bar.
Two women who worked at DC told BuzzFeed News that Berganza either forcibly kissed them, or attempted to do so, in the early to mid 2000s.
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Brunton then said he pushed the actor off of him and went to sit in his vehicle until he was sober enough to drive himself home. Dreyfuss said he thought the two were involved in a playful "consensual seduction ritual". "I thought I was going to pass out".
"DC Entertainment strives to foster a culture of inclusion, fairness and respect", the company said at the time.
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. Eventually she and all of the other women involved in the group complaint left DC.
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.
The New York office had a reputation within the industry as being a hard place for women to work under Berganza.
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