In a new filing made in New York State Supreme Court by feminist litigation firm, Crumiller, for a motion for leave to file a proposed Amended Complaint that adds Fallon, Morgan and Michaels as individual defendants to enhance an existing lawsuit again NBC and Horatio Sanz, relating to alleged sexual abuse at Saturday Night Live more than 20 years ago.
A female known as Jane Doe in a lawsuit filing claims that comedian Horatio Sanz groomed her when she was 15 before allegedly sexually assaulting her at 17 in 2002. The lawsuit claimant alleges that when at Saturday Night Live parties, Sanz, then in his 30s, touched Doe inappropriately and groomed her in front of his colleagues.
According to the claimant, Fallon may have been aware of their relationship and alleges that the talkshow host was aware that she was in high school. Sanz lawyer has dismissed the claims, saying they are “ludicrous” and furthering that Jane allegedly tried to extract $7.5 million in exchange for her silence.
Due to a recent amendment to New York City’s Gender Motivated Violence Act, a local law allows victims of gender-based violence to file civil lawsuits against abusers and enablers. With the amended local law, a two-year ‘look-back window’ for expired civil claims of gender violence, Jane‘s new GMVA claims will now be revived on March 1, 2023, when the look-back window opens.
In the new filing, Michaels “fostered a predatory environment at SNL,” furthering that “visibly underage teenage girls were a regular presence at SNL‘s legendary ‘after-parties’ and ‘after-after parties’” with alcohol allegedly being provided to the underage teenage girls by NBC. In the lawsuit filed by Jane Doe, she expresses that after the assault she suffered lifelong trauma and her mental health and career aspirations were completely detailed.
A statement made from Doe‘s attorney, Susan Crumiller, said, “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 behaviour accountable when the GVMA look-back window opens in March.”