The complainant, identified as “Jane Doe” in the complaint, alleges that Sanz also engaged her in explicit conversations on AOL Instant Messenger about 20 years ago, and repeatedly solicited “inappropriate” and “revealing photos” From her. She alleges that she suffered from intense shame and depression as a result of the experience, that she engaged in self-harm and self-medication, and that at one point she had to be hospitalized.
The suit quotes text messages Sanz allegedly sent him many years later, in 2019, in which he acknowledged what he had done was wrong and apologized. In one post, he described himself as a “wounded fool” and said he had quit drinking and sought forgiveness.
“If you want to meet with me, you have all the rights,” he wrote, according to the complaint. “Believe me, I’m not like that anymore. “
Sanz’s attorney, Andrew Brettler, issued a statement calling the allegations “categorically false” and saying she was seeking exorbitant payment to remain silent.
“Even though she often repeats her ridiculous claims or tries to call on other prominent names to get media attention, they will always be wrong,” Brettler said. “Before filing this complaint anonymously, she asked for $ 7.5 million in exchange for her silence. We have, of course, refused and will vigorously challenge these completely baseless claims. “
The lawsuit also names NBCUniversal and SNL Studios as defendants, alleging they allowed Sanz’s misconduct. The lawsuit was filed in New York state court just two days before the deadline for filing a state Child Victims Act complaint. The law, passed in January 2019, opened a short “window of analysis” for victims of child sexual abuse to file claims that otherwise would have expired under the statute of limitations.
New York courts have been inundated with such lawsuits in recent days, alleging such claims against the Catholic Church, the Boy Scouts of America and various educational institutions.
Sanz appeared on “SNL” from 1998 to 2006. According to the complaint, the complainant set up a fan website for “SNL” star Jimmy Fallon in 1999, when she was 14 years old. The lawsuit alleges that Sanz and Fallon emailed her in January 2000, when she was 15, and that she first met Sanz in person after recording in October 2000. At the time , she alleges that Sanz kissed her on the cheek and put his hands on her. on its size.
Over the next year, she and her friends would travel to New York City to wait in the “SNL” queue and ask for autographs. In May 2001, when she was 16, she walked into the show’s after-party, and was served alcohol and dancing, depending on the costume. The following week, she attended the after-party again and alleges that Sanz invited her and others to the roof of the building to watch the sunrise.
Later that year, she alleges that she and Sanz began an endless exchange of instant messages, in which Sanz – then 32 years old – allegedly steered the conversation towards “sexual experiences, sexual activities, sexual fantasies. , masturbation and Sanz’s instructions to the complainant in sexual acts. “
These conversations allegedly continued and the complainant was invited to several other parties in late 2001 and 2002. At a party in May 2002 – when she was 17 – she alleged that Sanz kissed her, he petted her buttocks and breasts and tried to penetrate her against his will.
The complainant alleges that she bumped into Sanz in the summer of 2019, when he admitted to masturbating while chatting with her through instant messaging. In subsequent text messages from November 2019, Sanz reportedly said he “felt very bad” about dating her.
“I was stupid,” he wrote, according to the complaint. “Very silly. “