Comedian Horatio Sanz allegedly groomed and sexually assaulted an underage superfan at a “Saturday Night Live” celebration — as solid members appeared the opposite method, the lady claims in a lawsuit filed Thursday.
The unnamed Pennsylvania teen, who was 17 at the time, was working an “SNL” fan web site in May 2002 when Sanz allegedly took her on a limo experience then “digitally penetrated her genitals” at a post-show bash, in accordance with the lawsuit, filed in Manhattan Supreme Court.
The woman first met Sanz at age 15 — when he was 31 years previous — in 2000 after he invited her to a taping of the sketch comedy present, in accordance with the lawsuit, which names the actor and SNL Studios as defendants.
The subsequent 12 months, he summoned her to a number of after-show events the place he allowed her to drink, touched her inappropriately and instructed her “to sit on his lap,” in accordance with the lawsuit.
In August 2001, when the woman was 16, Sanz allegedly contacted her through the moment message deal with “Marblechomper,” provided her tickets to the present and leaked her data about “SNL” hosts and musical friends, the suit states.
He then requested her to ship him photographs of herself and “to perform sexual acts, including masturbation, which he asked her to describe to him” — kicking off what would allegedly be a years-long cyber intercourse relationship with the teenager, in accordance with the lawsuit.
“Sanz exchanged messages with [the teen] and steered conversations to discuss sex, sexual experiences, sexual activities, sexual fantasies, masturbation,” the lawsuit states, which notes he known as her disparaging phrases reminiscent of “slut,” “slutty” and “bitch.”
According to the lawsuit, Sanz later “admitted and bragged to [her] that he masturbated during these conversations.”
In September 2001, Sanz allegedly invited her to an “SNL” celebration the place she drank beer with hard-partying former “SNL” actor Jimmy Fallon, Sanz and different NBC bigs, in accordance with the lawsuit, which doesn’t title Fallon as a defendant.
“Plaintiff sat with Jimmy Fallon and others in a VIP area, ordered and consumed a Budweiser beer in the presence of NBC/SNL employees,” the suit states.
During the drug-fueled 2002 celebration the place Sanz allegedly sexually assaulted the teenager, he additionally fondled her in entrance of different party-goers at the star-studded bash, in accordance with the suit.
His creepy actions included “kissing her, groping her breasts, groping her buttocks, and digitally penetrating her genitals forcibly and without [her] consent,” in accordance with the lawsuit.
One shocked party-goer responded, “Are you f—ing serious?” — however apparently did nothing to cease it, the suit alleged.
For the remainder of highschool, the teenager grew to become depressed, “regularly self-medicated with dissociative drugs” and was later hospitalized, in accordance with the suit.
When she bumped into Sanz at a comedy occasion in 2019, he apologized, mentioned he “felt terrible” and admitted she may “#metoo” him for his actions, in accordance with the lawsuit.
“[I] swear on a stack of improv books … I’m a different person,” he allegedly mentioned.
“I had a real issue with sex. I was stunted. I didn’t know how it worked,” he added, in accordance with the lawsuit. “I spent all my 20’s trying to be funny. So I wasn’t normal with girls.”
The lady is now looking for unspecified damages, in accordance with the suit, which notes she’s a “victim of child sexual abuse” who suffered “psychological and emotional harm.”
A spokesman for Sanz known as the claims “categorically false” and mentioned she’s merely out for cash.
“However often she repeats her ludicrous allegations or tries to rope in other high-profile names to generate media attention, they will always be false,” the rep, Andrew Brettler, mentioned. “Before filing this lawsuit anonymously, she demanded $7.5 million in exchange for her silence. We, of course, refused and will vigorously contest these totally meritless claims.”