Jimmy Fallon, Tracy Morgan And Lorne Michaels Have Been Added As Defendants In The Sexual Assault Lawsuit Against Horatio Sanz

August 24, 2022 / Posted by:

Once again, Saturday Night Live alum Horatio Sanz is making headlines for allegedly grooming a 15-year-old girl and sexually assaulting her at an SNL cast party when she was 17. I say “once again” but that is literally the only reason Horatio has ever made a headline in his entire career. With a legacy like that, you’d think his old pals at SNL might have all come down with Sanznesia like the rest of us and wiped him from their collective memories. But in fact, Lorne Michaels and Horatio’s former castmates Jimmy Fallon and Tracy Morgan care very much about what Horatio is up to these days because they have all just been named as defendants in an amended complaint filed by a “Jane Doe.” Jane Doe claims that Lorne, Jimmy, and Tracy all enabled Horatio’s misconduct. I guess that’s one way to get the guys to pick up your calls. It’s a sick, twisted, and extremely convoluted way, but hey I guess it worked. I heard Horatio and the boys were gonna try to get together with their lawyers soon for some beers and mutually assured destruction.

Last August, Horatio was probably gobsmacked to see someone had left a message on his phone from a recognizable area code, but unfortunately for him, if it was NBC that first notified him that he was being sued and only because their ass was getting dragged into it too, along with SNL. According to Variety, Ms. Doe’s initial suit named Horatio, SNL and NBC as defendants as per a New York City law “allowing victims of child sex abuse to bring claims that otherwise would have been barred by the statute of limitations.” But that law was recently amended to allow the accuser to “sue anyone who enabled such conduct.” I must ask. How is all of 30 Rockefeller Plaza not in flames already?

A woman who is suing former “SNL” star Horatio Sanz for sexual assault asked the court’s permission on Tuesday to add Jimmy Fallon, Lorne Michaels, and Tracy Morgan as defendants, arguing that they enabled Sanz’ misconduct.

The woman, identified only as Jane Doe, alleges that Sanz “groomed” her when she was a teen fan of the show. She also alleges that Sanz kissed her, groped her, and attempted to digitally penetrate her at a party in May 2002, when she was 17 years old.

According to the complaint, the accuser and her teenage friends regularly attended “SNL” after-parties in 2000 to 2002. The suit alleges that Fallon and Sanz would drink with her at these parties, and that Fallon once questioned her about her age, and she responded that she was a junior in high school. She also met Michaels at one of the parties, who gave her advice on pursuing a writing career, according to the complaint.

The suit alleges that Morgan rented out a space for an after-after-party in May 2002, where Sanz allegedly groped her against her will.

In her complaint, Ms. Doe paints a disturbing picture of the “drug-fueled” after-party where she sat in the VIP section and drank with Jimmy and alleges that Horatio told her to “sit in his lap” and began “kissing her, groping her breasts, groping her buttocks, and digitally penetrating her genitals forcibly and without [her] consent.”  Page Six adds:

One stunned party-goer responded, “Are you fucking serious?” — but apparently did nothing to stop it, the suit alleged.

Can’t help it but I read that line in my head as Liz Lemon. Prior to the incident, Ms. Doe alleges that Horatio initiated a “years-long cyber sex relationship” with her when she was 16 in which he “steered conversations to discuss sex, sexual experiences, sexual activities, sexual fantasies, masturbation,” and “admitted and bragged to [her] that he masturbated during these conversations.” Again, I must ask. HOW? Variety reports:

Sanz’ lawyer, Andrew Brettler, has denied the allegation, saying that the woman sought a $7.5 million payout before filing the suit last year.

The original complaint was filed by attorney Jeffrey P. Fitz, naming Sanz and NBCUniversal as defendants. Fitz also alleged that 18 NBCU employees either knew or should have known of Sanz’ grooming and sexual misconduct, including Fallon, Morgan and Michaels, as well as numerous other “SNL” cast members.

NBCUniversal filed a motion to dismiss the complaint in April, arguing that the network was not responsible for Sanz’ off-hours conduct.

“Employers owe no general duty to protect third-persons from the possibility of sexual abuse by their employees,” the network’s lawyers wrote.

I thought not having “off-hours” was part of the glamor and allure of working at SNL. Sounds like if Horatio actually took some of his PTO, like I’m sure he was encouraged to, none of this would have happened. It’s too easy to blame the victim when the real villain is Helen from HR for not being more insistent that Horatio use up his accrued sick days. Did he even know that they can’t be rolled over?!

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