The plaintiff suing NBC and Horatio Sanz has spoken out yet again, this time in an affidavit naming several Saturday Night Live cast members who allegedly witnessed Sanz sexually assaulting her when she was 17 during a 2002 SNL after the party.
Jane Doe sued Sanz and NBC last summer, alleging the comedian groomed her from the age of 15 and sexually assaulted her in a SNL afterparty when she was 17. The complaint also cites posts in which Sanz allegedly wrote that if Doe wanted to “meet” him, she would have “perfectly the right.” (Sanz denied Doe’s allegations through his attorney.)
Doe remains anonymous due to his age at the time of his allegations. On Wednesday, she filed a new affidavit claiming that several cast members, including Tina Fey, Rachel Dratch and Seth Meyers, were not only present, but in direct view of herself and Sanz while he groped her at a SNL after the party. Doe alleges she had access to such gatherings of NBC employees as a teenager at least 12 dates.
The most explosive allegations in the documents recently submitted by Doe come from a May 2002 investigation. SNL afterparty where Sanz allegedly assaulted Doe in full view of his co-workers. It was allegedly the second afterparty of the night, and Doe claims in her affidavit that she and Sanz were seated on a couch in the middle of the room facing the entrance.
“Both at these parties and afterwards, Sanz kissed me, fondled my breasts and buttocks, and digitally penetrated my genitals,” Doe writes. “He was also rubbing my vagina on [the] top of my clothes.
Doe’s affidavit states that she and Ana Gasteyer made direct eye contact while Sanz groped her, at which point “Gasteyer’s jaw dropped, her arms shook, and she was visibly startled.”
“Next to Gasteyer, I saw Fey and Dratch looking at us and laughing,” Doe continues. “When I looked at Fey and Dratch, who were laughing enthusiastically and talking with their hands over their mouths while looking directly at me and Sanz, they were startled and positioned themselves behind other people.”
“When I looked at Fey and Dratch, who were laughing excitedly and talking with their hands over their mouths while looking directly at me and Sanz, they were startled and positioned themselves behind other people.”
Also present were Seth Meyers and Maya Rudolph, according to the affidavit, who also stood “directly in front of” Sanz and Doe, “facing us, and Rudolph looked disgusted.”
When Doe expressed his discomfort to Sanz, the affidavit claims, “He dismissed my shock and embarrassment, telling me to carry on with him despite everyone watching.”
“I made repeated comments that I wanted to leave,” she wrote. “I was obviously uncomfortable with the situation.”
“I made repeated comments that I wanted to leave. I was obviously uncomfortable with the situation.”
NBC denied responsibility for Sanz’s “after-hours” behavior in a memorandum submitted last April in support of the company’s motion to dismiss Doe’s complaint. When reached for comment on Doe’s new response, an NBC spokesperson told The Daily Beast, “We believe the plaintiff’s claims against NBC are without merit and have filed a motion to dismiss.”
Sanz’s lawyer, Andrew Brettler, issued a denial last year on behalf of his client in which he called Doe’s allegations “categorically false”.
“No matter how often she repeats her ridiculous claims or tries to tap other high-profile names for media attention, they will always be false,” Brettler wrote at the time.
When contacted by The Daily Beast to comment on the new affidavit, Brettler referred to his original statement. Representatives for Dratch, Fey, Meyers, Gasteyer and Rudolph did not respond to The Daily Beast’s request for comment.
Editor’s note: This story has been updated to indicate that the legal age of consent in New York City is 17.