Porn actor Ron Jeremy charged with rape, sexual assault

Jeremy faces up to 90 years in prison if convicted on all counts.
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By Andrew Blankstein, Corky Siemaszko and Diana Dasrath

LOS ANGELES — Porn star Ron Jeremy was charged Tuesday with raping three women and sexually assaulting a fourth in separate incidents dating back six years, the Los Angeles district attorney’s office said.

The 67-year-old actor, whose legal name is Ronald Jeremy Hyatt, was to be arraigned on three counts of forcible rape and forcible penetration with a foreign object, and one count each of forcible oral copulation and sexual battery, the D.A.’s office said in a statement.

If convicted, Jeremy faces up to 90 years in state prison, according to a criminal complaint released Tuesday.

His bail has been set at $6.6 million, according to a booking report from Los Angeles County.

There was no immediate statement from Jeremy or from Deputy District Attorney Paul Thompson of the Sex Crimes Division, who will be prosecuting the case. Jeremy has previously denied sexual misconduct accusations against him raised in media reports, claiming all of his sexual encounters were consensual.

Thompson is also prosecuting convicted rapist Harvey Weinstein, who faces several sexual assault counts in Los Angeles County after being convicted of first-degree criminal sexual act and third-degree rape and sentenced to 23 years in New York.

The oldest case against Jeremey is from May 2014, when he allegedly raped a 25-year-old woman at a home in West Hollywood, according to the release.

Jeremy is also accused of sexually assaulting two women, ages 33 and 46, on separate occasions in 2017 at a bar in West Hollywood. And he is accused of forcibly raping a 30-year-old woman in July 2019 at the same bar.

After the charges were announced, the firm that managed Jeremy, Golden Artists Entertainment, announced that it was dropping him as a client. In a statement, company owner Dante Rusciolelli referenced a 2017 Rolling Stone report that cited more than a dozen women who alleged that Jeremy "violated their boundaries."

"He showed us proof against the allegations," Rusciolelli said. "At the time, the police and District Attorneys backed Ron up."

He added that Jeremy had offered no such "proof" Tuesday.

"We hope that these allegations against him are not true, but if they are, we hope that he is prosecuted to the full extent of the law," he said.

Nicknamed “The Hedgehog” because of his body hair, Jeremy was a teacher from Queens, New York, whose career in porn was launched when a girlfriend sent nude photos of him to “Playgirl.”

Since then, Jeremy has appeared in nearly 2,000 X-rated movies as well as a number of mainstream movies, a saga he recounted in his memoir “The Hardest (Working) Man in Showbiz: Horny Women, Hollywood Nights & The Rise of the Hedgehog!”

One of the porn industry's best known performers, Jeremy is also listed in Guinness Book of World Records for "Most Appearances in Adult Films."

Andrew Blankstein and Diana Dasrath reported from Los Angeles and Corky Siemaszko reported from New Jersey.

Tim Stelloh contributed.