Horatio Sanz Accuser Lists Jimmy Fallon, Tracy Morgan, Lorne Michaels in Sexual Assault Suit

A Pennsylvania woman suing former Saturday Night Live cast member Horatio Sanz for allegedly sexually assaulting and grooming her when she was underage has requested that Jimmy Fallon, Lorne Michaels, and Tracy Morgan be added to the suit as defendants. She claims that they enabled Sanz’s behavior, as first reported by Variety. The complaint, which was originally filed by plaintiff Jane Doe in August 2021, also names parent company NBCUniversal as a defendant. Vanity Fair has reached out to representatives for Fallon, Michaels, and Morgan for comment.

In the suit, Doe claims that Sanz began “grooming” her after they met online when she was a 15-year-old SNL fan. She alleges that Sanz was “flirtatious and physically affectionate” with her after show tapings in 2000. She also claims that in 2001 and 2002, she attended SNL parties, after-parties, and “after-after-parties” while underage, accusing Sanz of groping and sexually assaulting her during and after an event in May 2002, when she was 17. The suit claims that Morgan rented out the space for that party.

According to the suit, Fallon and Sanz would allegedly drink with the defendant at parties. Doe claims Fallon once asked her about her age, to which she responded that she was a junior in high school. Doe alleges that she met Michaels at another party and that the SNL head offered her advice on her writing career. When the suit was first filed last summer, it alleged that 18 NBCU employees had or should have had knowledge of Sanz’s alleged misconduct, including Fallon, Michaels, and Morgan.

Sanz’s lawyer, Andrew Brettler, has denied the allegations. “This individual’s claims about Horatio Sanz are categorically false,” he said in a statement last August. “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. 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 regard to the $7.5 million claim, Doe’s newly hired lawyer, Susan Crumiller, told Vanity Fair, “Jane’s settlement demand was made at the insistence of defense counsel and had nothing to do with a promise of silence. His efforts to now turn around and cry ‘extortion’ are ludicrous and false.”

NBCUniversal filed a motion to dismiss the suit in April 2022. “Employers owe no general duty to protect third-persons from the possibility of sexual abuse by their employees,” attorneys for the company said at the time. Of the most recent filing, an NBC spokesperson told Vanity Fair: “Regardless of Jane Doe’s changing narratives, NBC intends to renew its motion to dismiss.” 

Doe filed her suit under a state law that contains a two-year “lookback window” permitting victims of child sex abuse to sue on claims that would have otherwise been prohibited by the statute of limitations. Crumiller is requesting a September 8 hearing to get permission to file the updated complaint with Fallon, Michaels, and Morgan as defendants.

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