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Ron Jeremy has been charged with 30 charges of rape and other sex offenses

 


Prosecutors in Los Angeles have accused adult film actor Ron Jeremy with more than 30 charges of rape and sexual assault, alleging offenses against more than 20 women over the course of two decades, as well as one underage girl. 


On Wednesday, the 68-year-old porn star Ronald Jeremy Hyatt was charged with 34 counts, including 12 counts of forceful rape and one count of a lewd conduct on a minor under the age of 15, as well as a slew of other sexual offenses.


At a court hearing on Wednesday, he pled not guilty to all charges. 


The alleged crimes stretch back more than two decades, with the earliest dating to 1996, when Jeremy is accused of raping a 19-year-old woman during a photo shoot in California. The actor is also accused of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl in 2004, and of raping another 17-year-old four years later. 


Following his initial arrest, which prompted several other women to come forward with allegations, Jeremy was charged with eight counts, including rape, in June of 2020. Additional charges were added in August following his initial arrest, which prompted several other women to come forward with allegations.


According to sources cited by the Los Angeles Times, his case was later referred to a grand jury to avoid a public preliminary hearing, which would have forced witnesses to speak in open court. 


Jeremy’s attorney Stuart Goldfarb told Fox News that the actor’s “position is the same as when the criminal complaint was filed. He is innocent of all the charges.” He previously denied the allegations, which initially surfaced as rumors from a fellow adult film performer in 2016, calling them “pure lies or buyers’ remorse.”


The actor’s bail was set at $6.6 million after his arrest last year, and he has remained in jail awaiting court proceedings since. While no trial date has been set, his next pretrial hearing is set for mid-October.


One of the most prolific actors in the porn industry, Jeremy has racked up thousands of credits over a decades-long career that began in the 1970s, parlaying that success into reality shows, movies and music videos. He was charged by the same LA task force that took down Harvey Weinstein, a major Hollywood producer, who was sentenced to 23 years in prison for rape and sexual assault last year, and now faces additional counts.

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