Horatio Sanz Has Been Accused Of Grooming And Sexually Assaulting A Minor At A “Saturday Night Live” Cast Party
Well, this is profoundly gross if not terribly shocking. Another male comedian, this time Saturday Night Live alum Horatio Sanz, has been accused of grooming a teenage girl online. A new lawsuit claims that Horatio “allegedly groomed and sexually assaulted an underage superfan at a “Saturday Night Live” party — as cast members looked the other way.” His accuser says that the grooming began in 2000 when she was 15 and Horatio was 31 and that Horatio developed and maintained a sexually explicit relationship with her online. Good thing Horatio was so funny when he broke character that
one every time or else he might lose some fans over this. I did look to see how the #HoratioHive was taking the news, but it turns out it doesn’t exist.
According to Page Six, Horatio allegedly “summoned her to several after-show parties” where she was allowed to drink and party with the cast, specifically in front of Jimmy Fallon. The lawsuit claims that Horatio sexually assaulted her on more than one occasion. Jimmy’s name appears in the suit but he is not listed as a defendant. But Horatio, NBC, and SNL are.
The girl first met Sanz at age 15 — when he was 31 years old — in 2000 after he invited her to a taping of the sketch comedy show, according to the lawsuit, which names the actor and SNL Studios as defendants.
The next year, he summoned her to several after-show parties, where he allowed her to drink, touched her inappropriately, and told her “to sit on his lap,” according to the lawsuit.
In September 2001, Sanz allegedly invited her to an “SNL” party where she drank beer with hard-partying former “SNL” actor Jimmy Fallon, Sanz and other NBC bigs, according to the lawsuit, which doesn’t name 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 party where Sanz allegedly sexually assaulted the teen, he also fondled her in front of other party-goers at the star-studded bash, according to the suit.
His creepy actions included “kissing her, groping her breasts, groping her buttocks, and digitally penetrating her genitals forcibly and without [her] consent,” according to the lawsuit.
One stunned party-goer responded, “Are you fucking serious?” — but apparently did nothing to stop it, the suit alleged.
Horatio’s accuser says that when she ran into him at a party years later in 2019, he said “[I] swear on a stack of improv books … I’m a different person.” And I’m guessing Horatio also has a copy of Grooming of The Teenage Girl 101 on his shelf because this is textbook.
In August 2001, when the girl was 16, Sanz allegedly contacted her via the instant message handle “Marblechomper,” offered her tickets to the show and leaked her info about “SNL” hosts and musical guests, the suit states.
He then asked her to send him photos 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 sex relationship with the teen, according to 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 called her disparaging terms such as “slut,” “slutty” and “bitch.”
According to the lawsuit, Sanz later “admitted and bragged to [her] that he masturbated during these conversations.”
Adding to the that sounds about right actually-ness of it all, Horatio also said this when he bumped into her at a comedy event in 2019.
When she ran into Sanz at a comedy event in 2019, he apologized, said he “felt terrible” and admitted she could “#metoo” him for his actions, according to the lawsuit.
“I had a real issue with sex. I was stunted. I didn’t know how it worked,” he added, according to the lawsuit. “I spent all my 20’s trying to be funny. So I wasn’t normal with girls.”
Horatio’s accuser is seeking unspecified damages and claims she is a “victim of child sexual abuse’ who suffered ‘psychological and emotional harm.” It’s bleak, I know, but there is one thing funny about this. Horatio’s spokesperson claims he’s a “high profile name!” Now that’s hilarious.
“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,” said the rep, Andrew Brettler. “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.”
In other words, Horatio’s “savings account” is whatever loose change falls out of his pockets while he’s sitting alone on the couch doing bong rips, petrified with dread knowing this day would come.