Its anchor title, Rolling Stone, was still famously referred to as the “counterculture bible,” while Men’s Journal and Us Weekly dominated men’s lifestyle and celebrity news coverage respectively.
Former Wenner Media employees contacted by Buzz Feed News said they did not know of any arrangements like the one Ryan says Wenner proposed that night.
“Preferential treatment.” I was forced to kiss him.
His mouth was dry and he was a serpent-like kisser, lashing with his tongue. Ryan’s boyfriend at the time, James Harris, lived near Wenner’s townhouse, and Ryan went right over.
Wenner had been out as gay for 10 years by that point, and Ryan said he was aware that he might have expectations, but the young writer figured he could hold the line.
Then suddenly, said Ryan, his host pounced.“I had Jann Wenner’s tongue in my mouth,” Ryan said.
All I would have to do is this one thing,” Ryan said. I knew this would happen sooner or later, I just didn’t think he’d take such a direct approach.
It was the most pure form of sexual harassment: he pawed and groped and I insisted no but he persisted promising me a “25 article contract” in the most disingenuous voice.
“That’s how naïve I was at the time.”That was 2005.
Ryan, now 39, says he’s not naïve any more: The invitation that started with such high expectations ended, he told Buzz Feed News, with an offer of career advancement in exchange for sex.
Harris confirmed to Buzz Feed News that Ryan told him Wenner had made a pass and offered a contract in exchange for sex.