Writer Ben Ryan has accused Rolling Stone founder Jann Wenner of sexual harassment. In an interview with BuzzFeed, Ryan said that Wenner offered him a career advancement in exchange for sex during a meeting in 2005. Ryan said the offer was made at the publisher's Upper West Side townhouse on August 11, 2005. "There was that moment where it's like time stood still. But that's not me. I would never do that," he said. He claimed Wenner made him a drink and sat with him on a couch before quickly making a move on him. Wenner had been out as gay for 10 years at that point, Ryan said. When Ryan tried to leave, Wenner allegedly said he would offer him a writing contract if he stayed. Wenner acknowledged the encounter in a statement to Variety, "I met Ben 12 years ago, and I attempted to have a sexual liaison with him.
He turned me down, which I respected. I had no intention of making him feel uncomfortable. 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.
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