Earlier today, we told you about on a story published by Janelle Asselin at Graphic Policy detailing allegations that Dark Horse (at that time) Editor in Chief Scott Allie sexually harassed writer Joe Harris during a party at San Diego Comic Con. In a statement to Comic Book Resources, Allie responded:
I'm deeply sorry about my behavior at San Diego Comic Con 2015 and I apologize to everyone I've hurt. I'm completely embarrassed by my actions and how my behavior reflects on Dark Horse Comics, my friends and family. My personal approach and decisions for managing stress were bad. Dark Horse and I have taken the matter very seriously and since this incident, we have taken steps to correct and to avoid any behavior like this in the future. Although apologies can't undo what has happened, I've tried to apologize to everyone impacted by my behavior. To my family, friends, co-workers, and to the industry -- please know that I am truly, truly sorry.
Earlier this month, Allie's position was changed from Editor in Chief to Senior Executive Editor, with Dave Marshall stepping into the Editor in Chief position. Though no connection has been acknowledged, it's worth noting that having one of your senior editors involved in a sexual harassment scandal is slightly less of a PR disaster than having your top guy involved in one.
Dark Horse also responded to Graphic Policy and CBR, saying:
Dark Horse is committed to ensuring and maintaining a positive, safe, and respectful environment for its employees, creators, and fans and we expect all who represent our company to behave in a professional manner. Disciplinary actions are handled internally at the company and we do not comment on them publicly.
Though Allie has apologized, and we're glad to hear he's seeking help, Asselin said on Twitter earlier today that Allie is only the "tip of the iceberg." We wonder what it is that she could be talking about. In addition, Heidi MacDonald at The Beat published an article titled "How a Toxic History of Harassment Has Damaged the Comics Industry" which is well worth a read. We'll continue to report on these incidents, and hope other comics outlets will do the same.
More importantly, we'd like to commend Janelle Asselin and Graphic Policy for running this story despite the potential for legal action, as well as Joe Harris for coming forward despite the (still existing) possibility of retaliation from industry employers.