In 2016, when DC fired popular veteran Vertigo editor Shelly Bond, the comics community teemed with anger, questioning why capable women were being fired when Berganza, a rumored serial harasser, was allowed to remain.
The statement added that DC Comics was 'committed to eradicating harassment'. His photo was included on the cover of Saturday's New York Daily News, alongside the likes of Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey and Louis C.K., in an article on the recent wave of sexual misconduct allegations against powerful men in the entertainment industry, headlined "Perv Nation".
Berganza had been with DC Comics since 1992, editing numerous publisher's highest-profile comics, including the current Dark Nights: Metal event.
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 told BuzzFeed that at another staff party in 2006, just after she had started working for DC as an editor, Berganza used the excuse of taking a selfie to kiss her, then tried to kiss her again, sticking his tongue in her mouth while she was eating. Later that evening, she alleged, he tried to grope her.
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 said of the incident: 'At the time I was so terrified that this would affect myself or my partner's prospects in comics, anxious it would jeopardise either of our careers'. In 2012 he was reportedly demoted from executive editor to group editor after being accused of trying to forcibly kiss a female during a comic book convention held in Anaheim, California. Asselin said that development was "massively demoralising" at the time. The woman herself later said she was too scared to report the coercion, but allegations surfaced in a Bleeding Cool article, which initially did not name Berganza. 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. In light of those allegations, Berganza's work at DC had ceased while the company conducted a "review" of the accusations. One of those calling for action was Robert Garcia, the mayor of Long Beach, California, who said via Twitter, "I love DC Comics, always have".