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Porn actor Ron Jeremy declared mentally incompetent to stand trial on rape charges

He had pleaded not guilty after a grand jury indicted him on 34 counts of sexual assault, including 12 counts of rape. 
FILE - Former adult film star Ron Jeremy appears for his arraignment on rape and sexual assault charges at Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center, in Los Angeles on June 26, 2020. A Los Angeles judge has declared that porn performer Ron Jeremy is mentally incompetent to stand trial on dozens of rape and sexual assault counts. Judge Ronald Harris said Tuesday that Jeremy is in cognitive decline and is unlikely to recover.
Ron Jeremy appears for arraignment on rape and sexual assault charges in Los Angeles on June 26, 2020.David McNew / Pool via AP file
/ Source: Associated Press

A Los Angeles judge on Tuesday declared that porn performer Ron Jeremy is mentally incompetent to stand trial on dozens of rape and sexual assault counts. 

Superior Court Judge Ronald S. Harris said in a hearing that after reviewing reports from both prosecutors and Jeremy’s defense that he is in “incurable neurocognitive decline” from which he is unlikely to recover.

Prosecutors asked that he be periodically reevaluated.

A hearing on placing the 69-year-old Jeremy, whose legal name is Ronald Hyatt, in a state hospital will be held next month. 

Jeremy pleaded not guilty after a grand jury indicted him on 34 counts of sexual assault, including 12 counts of rape. 

“When he was arrested two years ago I said he would be found innocent of all charges,” Jeremy’s attorney Stuart Goldfarb said in an email. “Two years have passed and with the additional discovery I received I believed he would have have been found innocent. It is unfortunate due to mental condition he will not go to trial and have the opportunity to clear his name.”

Jeremy, who has remained in jail since his arrest in 2020, did not attend the hearing. 

An email seeking comment Tuesday from the District Attorney’s Office was not immediately returned.

Jeremy has been among the best known and most prolific actors in the porn industry for decades and became a recognizable pop cultural novelty through reality shows, public appearances and music videos. 

He has long been a magnet for seekers of autographs and selfies, which is how he first encountered most of the women and girls aged 15 to 51 he is accused of assaulting between the 1990s and 2019.

According to transcripts of grand jury testimony from the women and girls obtained by The Associated Press, Jeremy is accused of luring them into a small secluded space, often the bathroom of a West Hollywood bar and grill he frequents, trapping them and sexually assaulting them. 

His attorney has said that Jeremy is innocent.

The Los Angeles Times first reported that Jeremy would not be going to trial.