Ex-‘SNL’ star Horatio Sanz groomed, sexually assaulted underage fan at solid occasion: lawsuit
Comic Horatio Sanz allegedly groomed and sexually assaulted an underage superfan at a “Saturday Evening Reside” occasion — as solid members seemed the opposite method, the lady claims in a lawsuit filed Thursday.
The unnamed Pennsylvania teen, who was 17 on the time, was operating an “SNL” fan web site in Might 2002 when Sanz allegedly took her on a limo experience then “digitally penetrated her genitals” at a post-show bash, based on the lawsuit, filed in Manhattan Supreme Courtroom.
The lady first met Sanz at age 15 — when he was 31 years outdated — in 2000 after he invited her to a taping of the sketch comedy present, based on the lawsuit, which names the actor and SNL Studios as defendants.
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The following yr, he summoned her to a number of after-show events the place he allowed her to drink, touched her inappropriately and informed her “to take a seat on his lap,” based on the lawsuit.
In August 2001, when the lady was 16, Sanz allegedly contacted her through the moment message deal with “Marblechomper,” provided her tickets to the present and leaked her information about “SNL” hosts and musical visitors, the go well with states.
He then requested her to ship him pictures of herself and “to carry out sexual acts, together with masturbation, which he requested her to explain to him” — kicking off what would allegedly be a years-long cyber intercourse relationship with the teenager, based on the lawsuit.
“Sanz exchanged messages with [the teen] and steered conversations to debate intercourse, sexual experiences, sexual actions, sexual fantasies, masturbation,” the lawsuit states, which notes he known as her disparaging phrases similar to “slut,” “slutty” and “bitch.”
“Sanz exchanged messages with [the teen] and steered conversations to debate intercourse, sexual experiences, sexual actions, sexual fantasies, masturbation.”
In line with the lawsuit, Sanz later “admitted and bragged to [her] that he masturbated throughout these conversations.”
In September 2001, Sanz allegedly invited her to an “SNL” occasion the place she drank beer with hard-partying former “SNL” actor Jimmy Fallon, Sanz and different NBC bigs, based on the lawsuit, which doesn’t identify Fallon as a defendant.
“Plaintiff sat with Jimmy Fallon and others in a VIP space, ordered and consumed a Budweiser beer within the presence of NBC/SNL workers,” the go well with states.
“Plaintiff sat with Jimmy Fallon and others in a VIP space, ordered and consumed a Budweiser beer within the presence of NBC/SNL workers.”
Through the drug-fueled 2002 occasion the place Sanz allegedly sexually assaulted the teenager, he additionally fondled her in entrance of different party-goers on the star-studded bash, based on the go well with.
His creepy actions included “kissing her, groping her breasts, groping her buttocks, and digitally penetrating her genitals forcibly and with out [her] consent,” based on the lawsuit.
One shocked party-goer responded, “Are you f—ing severe?” — however apparently did nothing to cease it, the go well with alleged.
For the remainder of highschool, the teenager turned depressed, “frequently self-medicated with dissociative medication” and was later hospitalized, based on the go well with.
When she bumped into Sanz at a comedy occasion in 2019, he apologized, stated he “felt horrible” and admitted she might “#metoo” him for his actions, based on the lawsuit.
“[I] swear on a stack of improv books … I’m a special particular person,” he allegedly stated.
“I had an actual difficulty with intercourse. I used to be stunted. I didn’t know the way it labored,” he added, based on the lawsuit. “I spent all my 20’s attempting to be humorous. So I wasn’t regular with women.”
“I had an actual difficulty with intercourse. I used to be stunted. I didn’t know the way it labored. I spent all my 20’s attempting to be humorous. So I wasn’t regular with women.”
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The girl is now looking for unspecified damages, based on the go well with, which notes she’s a “sufferer of kid sexual abuse” who suffered “psychological and emotional hurt.”
A spokesman for Sanz known as the claims “categorically false” and stated she’s merely out for cash.
“Nonetheless usually she repeats her ludicrous allegations or tries to rope in different high-profile names to generate media consideration, they may at all times be false,” the rep, Andrew Brettler, stated. “Earlier than submitting this lawsuit anonymously, she demanded $7.5 million in alternate for her silence. We, in fact, refused and can vigorously contest these completely meritless claims.”
Reps for NBC declined to remark Thursday. Fallon’s rep didn’t instantly return a request for remark.