Oi. Think Archie Comics is a place where no one ever says a bad word? Think again.
As revealed by TMZ, Archie Comics has filed papers alleging that co-CEO Nancy Silberkleit has been harassing employees and should not represent the company at San Diego Comic-Con:
Archie Comics Publications has filed legal papers against co-CEO Nancy Silberkleit — claiming she has a history of bullying and sexually harassing employees … and she must be stopped! According to the lawsuit, filed yesterday in NY, several employees have lodged complaints about Nancy’s “offensive” behavior … including one time in 2009, when she barged into a meeting and “pointed to each [attendee] and said, ‘PENIS, PENIS, PENIS, PENIS’ and then walked out.” Nancy allegedly pulled the same “penis” stunt again in 2010 — but this time she also screamed out, “My balls hurt.” Archie Comics claims it hired an outside firm to investigate the allegations — and the company recommended Archie cut ties with Nancy ASAP.
Silberkleit inherited half the company upon the death of her husband Michael in 2008. The other half went to Jon Goldwater. Nancy has been prominent in media coverage of Archie’s evolution to a modern media company, but as shown by this piece from last year, she had problems with what she perceived as a male dominated enviroment:
“I’m a mother coming into a very male-oriented business,” Silberkleit said. “I’m not getting any support. I felt very alone.”
When she confessed as much to the photographer shooting new corporate portraits last summer, he lowered the camera and said, “Do you know Gert Boyle?”
As soon as she picked up Boyle’s book, “One Tough Mother,” Silberkleit knew she needed to meet the woman in those combat boots.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.