Rolling Stone founder Wenner accused of offering job in exchange for sex
A freelance writer accused Rolling Stone magazine founder Jann Wenner of sexual misconduct in a reporter published Friday.
The writer, Ben Ryan, says the publishing icon offered him “a multi-article contract in exchange for sex.”
Ryan says that Wenner engaged in sexually inappropriate behavior in his Manhattan townhouse more than 10 years ago after offering Ryan the chance to write for Men’s Journal in exchange for sex, according to a BuzzFeed report.
“I had Jann Wenner’s tongue in my mouth,” Ryan said of the 2005 incident, which occurred when he was 27-years-old. “I went along for a second but then said something to the effect of ‘Oh please, I’m not that kind of girl.'”
“As I was leaving his place he offered me a multi-article contract in exchange for sex,” Ryan told TheWrap.com “His tone of voice was rather sarcastic, I will allow. Nevertheless, he did put the offer into words; and this is not the sort of thing you joke about when you are the head of a large media company. Sexual harassment is not a joking matter.”
Ryan added that Wenner became “very upset and was pseudo-threatening of how bad it could be if this got out.”
“I think there was that moment where it’s like time stood still, and you’re imagining how this could be the answer to all my struggles. All I would have to do is this one thing,” Ryan told BuzzFeed. “But that’s not me. I would never do that.”
In a statement to The Wrap, Wenner, now 71, admitted to attempting a “sexual liaison” with Ryan and said his piece was published but insisted “no work was promised.”
“I met Ben twelve years ago and I attempted to have a sexual liaison with him,” said Wenner.
“He turned me down, which I respected. I had no intention of making him feel uncomfortable,” he said. “His piece was subsequently published in any case; no work was promised and no work was lost. I have never and would never make an offer of this kind.”
Wenner, who founded Rolling Stone back in 1967, announced in September that the magazine is for sale.