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Berganza in 2011. Photo: Tim Mosenfelder / Getty Images

Eddie Berganza has been indefinitely suspended from his role as a top editor at DC Comics in light of a BuzzFeed News report containing allegations he sexually harassed, and in some cases forcibly kissed and attempted to grope, female coworkers years ago, per the Hollywood Reporter.

BuzzFeed News cited three women on the record who claimed Berganza harassed them and cites five people, including those three women, who say they spoke to HR about Berganza's alleged behavior. None recalled receiving a follow-up from HR or documentation of their complaints. Berganza did not respond to BuzzFeed's requests for comment.

  • Janelle Asselin, a former DC editor, filed an HR complaint about Berganza in 2010 when she heard he was in the running for executive editor.
  • Gehrlein Marsham, who started working at DC in 2006, claims Berganza tried to grope her and forcibly kissed her within three weeks of starting her new role. She said, "A lot of people at DC will be mad at me and consider this a betrayal."
  • Joan Hilty, who had been at DC for about 5 years when she claims Berganza repeatedly tried kissing her in the early 2000s, said, "the power imbalance made it worse."
  • One woman, who asked to remain anonymous for fear of retaliation, said that at an annual comics convention in 2012, Berganza stuck his tongue down her throat and that people had to pull him off of her so she could get away. Berganza was demoted after this trip and restricted from traveling to conventions.
  • Berganza's alleged misconduct had been known for years and was a "gross open secret," one former DC employee told Buzzfeed News.

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Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro in Caracas, Venezuela, in June. Photo: Gaby Oraa/Bloomberg via Getty Images

A key ally of Venezuela's President Nicolás Maduro was extradited from Cape Verde to the U.S. Saturday to face money laundering charges in Florida, Bloomberg first reported.

Why it matters: Venezuela's government called off negotiations with opposition officials that were scheduled for Sunday in Mexico in response to the extradition of Alex Saab, a Colombian businessman and financial fixer for Maduro.

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COVID-19 is the leading cause of death for police officers even though members of law enforcement were among the first to be eligible to receive the vaccine, CNN reports, citing data from the Officer Down Memorial Page.

Why it matters: Nearly 476 police officers have died of COVID-19 since the pandemic started, compared to the 93 deaths as a result of gunfire in the same time period, according to ODMP and CNN.

Virginia energy giant quietly boosts McAuliffe

Former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe speaks during a campaign rally on Oct. 15 in Henrico, Virginia. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

Virginia Democrat Terry McAuliffe has sworn off money from the Richmond company Dominion Energy. But the utility has found more subtle ways to back McAuliffe's gubernatorial bid, records show.

Driving the news: Dominion's political action committee has donated $200,000 to a murky political group called Accountability Virginia PAC, a group with ties to prominent Democrats that's been running ads attacking Republican candidate Glenn Youngkin from the right.

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