Horatio Sanz Allegedly Sexually Assaulted a 17-Year-Old at ‘SNL’ While Tiny Fey, Rachel Dratch and Other Cast Members Watched

The whole Horatio Sanz/Jimmy Fallon/Tina Fey era at Saturday Night Live sounds so sleazy.

A new affidavit (via was filed by Jane Doe in her current lawsuit against Horatio Sanz, SNL, and NBC. It brought out even more details about the-then 17-year-old Jane Doe’s initial visits to SNL where Sanz allegedly fondled and groped her while cast members such as Tina Fey and Rachel Dratch allegedly watched.

This past November, The Daily Beast came out with an interview with Jane Doe who accused Sanz of grooming and sexual assault. In short, Doe operated an SNL online fanboard in high school, gradually got to know Sanz who would slip her inside info like upcoming guests and invited her to the studio and after parties. Sanz allegedly fed her alcohol, groomed her over the years and also groped her at cast parties.

Sanz and the defendants have filed to dismiss. In response, Doe filed the new affidavit in the case against Sanz, NBC and SNL. Here are some of the details.

SNL allegedly allowed the 16-year-old Doe into their open bar party at NBC Studios.

As outlined in my complaint at paragraphs 29-31 [,,,] on or around May 19, 2001, when I was still 16 years old, I was permitted entry to the Saturday Night Live season finale parties by NBC employees [Rachel] Dratch and Chris Parnell, respectively. The first party in NBC Studios at 30 Rockefeller Plaza was open bar, and I drank beer. At the second party, in the SNL offices, I sat with several NBC pages who questioned me about where I attended school, and I told them I was sixteen (16) years old.

In one encounter, Sanz allegedly called her over, pulled her by her hand and waist and had her sit between his legs.

Later that morning, I saw Sanz telling stories to a group of 6-10 people in the SNL offices including people who identified themselves as NBC employees. He greeted me with, “Hey [Jane], you bitch.” He signaled me over to him, took my hand and guided me by my hand and waist to sit on his lap with my legs between his legs and with his arm around my hips. I sat on his lap for the rest of the conversation, during which he acted very intimate, placing his hand/arm on my hips and buttocks in view of everyone present.

Jimmy Fallon, a cast member from 1998 to 2004, allegedly knew her age and saw Sanz interact with her.

[…] on or around the morning of November 17, 2001, when I was 16 years old, Sanz, admitted me to SNL after parties by putting my name on the guest list. At the party, I sat in a VIP area with Fallon, his manager and two fashion designers. We discussed that I was a high school student studying for my SAT exam. Fallon said, “So you have a few years before you graduate.” I drank Budweiser beer and we shared calamari. I also discussed the SAT’s and drank with Will Ferrell’s friend in view of Will Ferrell, both of whom were seated at the table next to ours.

Fallon allegedly asked Doe, 16, for her phone member so he could meet a girl off Doe’s website forum. She gave him the number written in sparkling lip gloss on a napkin.

While sitting with Jimmy Fallon, he told me that he met a “girl” on my website’s message board. He asked me for my phone number, but I didn’t have a pen. Fallon then brought me over to the booth of NBC employee/SNL Producer Lorne Michaels, who was sitting with two other middle-aged men in business suits. Fallon introduced us. I blurted out, “Do any of you guys have a pen?” They said no. I felt awkward, so I said, “I wouldn’t normally ask you guys for a pen, but Jimmy Fallon just asked me for my phone number.” Michaels indicated he did not have one. We discussed my website. Michaels said that he looked at it, “when I want to know where Jimmy is.” During this time period, my website regularly announced SNI hosts and musical guests to the internet, which was information that Sanz would leak to me over AOL Instant Messenger in chats he used to groom me. Michaels gave me advice about taking writing classes. I ended up writing my phone number in sparkling lip gloss from Claire’s Boutique and handing it to Jimmy Fallon on a folded up napkin.

Doe, now 17, continued to attend after parties in 2002.

[…]on or about May 11-12, 2002, when I was 17 years old, I attended two SNL after parties. The first party was held at Ristorante Barolo. There, I sat at a VIP table and ordered from a special “SNL Menu”, including ordering and drinking Amstel Light beer. Sanz openly had his arm around me for a long time while we talked with other guests and NBC employees/SNL cast members (including Fallon and Morgan). When Sanz and I were drinking together, with Sanz’s arm intimately around me, Fallon saw us together, put his arms around us and said “Aww, you guys.”

Doe allegedly rode around in NBC-funded limos while hanging out with sex workers.

That morning, Sanz and I, along with approximately 4-5 other people, rode in a limousine that I believe was paid for by NBC and operated by what I believed to be an NBC employee. We drank Coors Light in the limousine which some of us drank out of champagne glasses. The second party occurred at a party loft in Lower Manhattan. Scantily-clad women walked around at the party serving drinks. I later learned that they were sex workers.

Sanz allegedly fondled, groped and digitally penetrated Doe at one of the parties while cast members such as Tina Fey, Rachel Dratch and Ana Gasteyer allegedly watched. Gasteyer was allegedly so shocked her arms shook. Fey and Dratch allegedly hid behind other people, watched, laughed and covered their mouths while talking to each other.

At the party, Sanz and I were seated on a couch located in the middle of the room facing the entrance. Both at these parties and afterwards, Sanz kissed me, groped my breasts and buttocks and digitally penetrated my genitals. At one point, as we both faced the entranceway, he lifted my breasts out of my shirt from behind, so that the only thing covering them was his hands. He paused as though he was going to expose them, then put them back inside my shirt. Upon later learning that sex workers performed at this party, in hindsight I suspect Sanz did that for the benefit of cast and crew. He was also rubbing my vagina over top of my clothes.

I looked up and noticed that many members of the 2002 SNL cast, including Ana Gasteyer, Tina Fey, Rachel Dratch, Will Ferrell and Maya Rudolph, stood in the entranceway commenting to one another as they observed Sanz groping me. I distinctly remember that Gasteyer made direct eye contact with me as Sanz was groping me. Gasteyer’s jaw dropped, her arms shook and she became visibly startled. Next to Gasteyer, I saw Fey and Dratch looking at us and laughing. When I looked at Fey and Dratch, who were excitedly giggling and talking with their hands over their mouths while looking directly at me and Sanz, they were startled and positioned themselves behind other people. Dratch later, in her 2012 memoir, called that party “the most memorable after-after party.”

Seth Meyers and Maya Rudolph also allegedly witnessed the assault. Rudolph was “grossed out”. One NBC employee allegedly saw Sanz and said to him “Are you fucking serious?” Sanz allegedly continued to assault Doe.

Seth Meyers and Maya Rudolph stood on the other side of Gasteyer, also directly in front of us, facing us, and Rudolph looked grossed out. Will Ferrell stood on the side of the entranceway, towards the back, glancing over at us and talking to someone. To the best of my knowledge, several other cast members were present. I was horrified to realize that I was on display for most of the SNL, cast to see, and I expressed my discomfort to Sanz. He dismissed my shock and embarrassment, telling me to keep going with him despite everyone gawking at us. I made repeated comments that I wanted to leave. I was obviously uncomfortable with the situation.

Eventually, two people approached us, one or both of whom I believed to be NBC employee(s). One of them said to Sanz: “Are you fucking serious?’. Sanz continued to sexually assault me.

An NBC page also allegedly grabbed Doe sexually without her consent. When Doe told Sanz, he allegedly called her a “slut” and that “Jimmy [Fallon] doesn’t care if you’re a slut.”

At the party, I openly consumed alcohol, including when I talked to NBC employee/SNL producer Michael Shoemaker. Also at the SNL party, an NBC page grabbed me sexually without my consent in the stairwell of the SNL offices. Sanz then gaslighted me, in an SNL office, by telling me that NBC security cameras had recorded the whole thing. Sanz also called me a “slut” and told me that “Jimmy doesn’t care if you’re a slut.” I quit running my Jimmy Fallon website several days later.

Hey, have you ever heard fans say those Tina Fey/Jimmy Fallon years were the best years from SNL? Think about this every time you hear that.

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