CJ “America” Bergner

Location: Omaha, Nebraska

Target: Teenage girls and young adults

Methods: Banned from events for groping people. Threatens victims and demands apologies for coming out. Makes it out like you’re lucky he chose you as his victim.

Abstract: CJ Bergner is a notorious sexual harasser in the Omaha area. He has at least 4 counts of physical assault filed against him with various conventions including ConGregation, at least one sexual harassment filed in Overland Park, Kansas, and is legally banned and barred from House of Loom in Omaha, as well as Naka-Kon in Kansas for sexually assaulting multiple individuals. He is known for being fond of public intoxication and groping people in the name of “comedy”. His name turned to infamy after a large amount of sexual assaults and rapes precluded saying a rape joke while on the stage of Anime Nebraskon’s Cosplay Contest. Additionally, like the others, he is highly transphobic and mocks transgender congoers. He specifically requests sexual favors of transgender women and fetishizes them. He is also in a facebook group called “A Mouthful of Tr*nny C*ck”.

As he has discovered this page, he has been encouraging his friends to attack one witness on their transgender status. He has berated other witnesses as well, and claimed that every member of this list is in fact a true victim. He attributes his presence to being a celebrity, and has severe delusions of grandeur that indicate that he likely suffers from Narcissistic Personality Disorder. He has come out as stating that he stands with and considers a friend everyone on this list, even though many of his (now former) friends were raped by other members of this list. As you can see, he defends his actions of sexual assault as “being in character” as Zapp Brannigan. Cosplay, however, is not consent.

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He has shown support for the actions of Ryan Kopf (a rapist with police records), Colton Birdsall (Someone currently stalking one of his witnesses), Caleb Combs (A statutory rapist who intoxicates minors for sexual favors), and Max Carter (The rapist of one of his former close friends)

C.J. recently lost his job as an entertainer due to sexually harassing a coworker by thrusting his groin on her in a “playful” manner without her consent. The Hot Tail Honeys have also been trying to kick him out for a while.

There have been multiple reports of him claiming to have cancer. Many are skeptical, as he has said nothing more about it than “I have cancer”, and one would assume discussions about procedures would occur in a situation like that.

Testimonies:

There have been three separate individuals that do not know one another coming forth with all the same story- They were 15/16 at the time, CJ was at an event they were at, and he exposed his genitals to them. One recounted him rubbing it on a sliding glass door.

At Nebraskon 2016, CJ Bergner, dressed as Uncle Stan, used his metal cane to assault an assumed whistleblower. Two members of con staff witnessed the event and the police were called on him. After interviewing the victim, the officers spoke with Andrew Raney to advise him to remove CJ Bergner from the convention. Andrew Raney refused, stating that CJ brought great business to the con. Upper con staff was notified of the event, but have declined to respond to it.

On a public forum regarding Nebraskon’s cosplay contest.

“It doesn’t surprise me at all that CJ (the second announcer) was making rape jokes. As a rapist himself, I guess he just finds rape to be inherently funny.”

From a victim of assault

I was at a party with him once where I was underage and heavily intoxicated. At one point in the evening, I passed out and when I came to, he was sitting very  close to me and touching me. I don’t remember where he touched me as I wasted, but I remember feeling uncomfortable and betrayed by it. Someone then explained a detail about me and he scurried away in embarrassment. I don’t think he meant anything sexual by what happened, but it made me very uncomfortable that night. I want people to know to be wary of him, that he doesn’t respect boundaries and will violate them for a laugh.

From a witness to his trial by ConGregation

“He demanded a formal apology from two of the people he assaulted, for “dragging his name through the mud, costing him his home, his relationships with people”. He hit my sister as well and assaulted me too. He uses the threat of lawsuits to keep people quiet.”

From a victim of assault:

“When I had first met him, he pulled me into the back of a bar after one of his Hot Tail Honeys shows. He grabbed me, kissed me (more than a peck), takes my hand and puts it in his crotch.”

From a comment on a change.org petition to ban a whistleblower from all midwestern conventions. In case anyone is curious, this comment was deleted immediately after posting. All conventions except the ones run by Ryan Kopf have stated that they plan to not ban this whistleblower.

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From someone else present at his trial by ConGregation:

“He usually preys on people that look less confident at the time, and have low self esteem, as they are less likely to press charges. Then threatens law suits if people do press charges/files police reports. I was in a group that was trying to get him removed from a convention/file police charges on him last year. Someone pointed out, on the recording, that his threats of law suits if police reports/charges are pressed is a felony, which it is, then later he did it again. On the recorded video and audio you can see it.”

From an anonymous reply to our site:

” Keep up the good work. I’ve known Cj before everything, before he got into cons. I’ve seen a decline into grandiosity and ego. It’s sad really, at one point I saw what I thought was his true self, but from what I can tell he’s just an animated corpse now.

It’s a damn shame about his three kids he doesn’t give a fuck about.

‘Don’t let the monsters hide in the light’ -me”

Another old friend had this to say:

I just want to let you know something. I’ve known cj since 2005 and his brother and family. His family is sexist, racist, and abusive and pretty much everything awful you can think of. Cj has been preying on minors since he was in highschool. I’m glad you’re outing him. His one of the most manipulative people I have ever met and I’ve met a lot of awful people.

A previous sexual encounter included this:

I can confirm that CJ definitely has HPV, not so sure if he’s picked up herpes more recently.  He lied to me in 2011 about having had some kind of treatment for the HPV that suppressed it and made it unlikely to be spread.  Later, when I was diagnosed with HPV and precancerous growths on my cervix which had to be surgically removed, he laughed and said that he was “kinda proud that {his} dick could cause cancer.”
During our relationship, we had a threesome with another girl and even though I was really, really drunk, it occurred to me that we should warn her about the HPV and use condoms, but CJ shushed me and told me not to worry about it.
An anonymous email included this:
CJ is a compulsive liar, CJ will tell people he had cancer, but this is not the case. I helped my mom through cancer treatment and CJ could not list any of the drugs used for his treatment. On another note, I’m a member of the BDSM/fetish community and CJ has a bad reputation on [a popular BDSM/fetish site] for degrading women who tell him no and for being pushy and intimidating. And for someone to be so transphobic, he definitely joined a group called “a mouthful of tranny cock”.
From a co-performer in Pride Players

I knew CJ when he was younger. I don’t know if testimony of high school “indiscretions” / assault might help, but figured it wouldn’t hurt to share.

I was in Pride Players with him. He seemed to flip back and forth from identifying as gay or bisexual (which is perfectly fine, certainly normal). However, he seemed to use whichever identity to suit him when afab folks would call him out for randomly grabbing their breasts. “What? Its fine.. I’m gay. Hahaha.”

He has always given me the creeps. None of these reports surprise me.

 From a report of Domestic Violence
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A harassment protection order filed by one whistle-blower
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STAY TUNED! VIDEO TO BE POSTED OF A REVIEW OF THE MULTIPLE ALLEGATIONS AGAINST HIM FEAT. CJ BERGNER THREATENING HIS VICTIMS AND DEMANDING THEY APOLOGIZE TO HIM! THE VIDEO IS CURRENTLY UNDERGOING TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES BUT WILL BE PUBLISHED THE VERY MOMENT THOSE ARE OVERCOME, IT IS A TOTAL OF 1 HOUR OF TESTIMONY AND CJ DENYING MULTIPLE SOBER WITNESSES BY SIMPLY SAYING HE DIDN’T DO IT. IT ENDED WITH CONGREGATION PAYING HIM TO GO TO THERAPY AS PUNISHMENT AND OUTING MANY VICTIMS TO HIM

Threat level: High, with a side of will send you death threats if you point that out.