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Jimmy Fallon, Lorne Michaels and Tracy Morgan Added to Sexual Assault Lawsuit

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Horatio Sanz, ex-cast member from SNL, has company in Sanz’s sexual assault lawsuit. Jane Doe previously filed against Sanz, alleging he sexually assaulted her when she was 17.

Today, the Pennsylvania woman added to the lawsuit Jimmy Fallon, Lorne Michaels and Tracy Morgan. Fallon and Morgan were castmembers with Sanz. Michael, of course, produces SNL.

According to the filing, Michaels promoted a predatory environment at SNL in which visibly underage teenage girls were a regular presence at the show’s “after-parties and “after-after parties.” The original lawsuit also claims NBC provided alcohol to teens.

Per Deadline, Doe claims Fallon and Morgan participated in the party culture that allowed her to be assaulted.

Jane Doe’s attorney said today:

Sanz and his enablers lured Jane into their celebrity world and made her feel like a cool kid for drinking and partying with a bunch of famous grown-ups. Instead, they destroyed her life. Jane has spent the past two decades struggling with the repercussions of what they did to her; now it’s their turn. We look forward to holding NBC, Sanz, and everyone else who enabled this disgusting behavior accountable when the GMVA [NYC’s Gender Motivated Violence Act] lookback window opens in March.

This lookback window creates a two-year lookback window for expired claims of gender violence. The Gender Motivated Violence Act allows victims to file civil claims against their abusers.

Sanz sounds sleazy in Doe’s alleged claims. In her lawsuit, she also says other castmembers such as Tina Fey and Rachel Dratch witnessed the assault and laughed.

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.

Not sure why only Fallon and Morgan were the only castmembers added if others observed the behavior. Maybe they didn’t party as hard as Fallon and Morgan?

And honestly, how can Fallon and Morgan have any fault. Doe’s reasoning is that they partied so hard, that it created a party atmosphere, that led to Sanz assaulting her. That’s a stretch.

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