Ex-pornstar Ron Jeremy taken to 'private residence': rape case frozen
Ex-porn star Ron Jeremy is released from jail and sent to a ‘private residence’ as his health deteriorates – one year after he was declared incompetent to stand trial for rape
- The 70-year-old is moving from the notorious Men’s Central Jail in downtown LA to an unnamed institution after it emerged ‘no medical facility will take him’
- LA County Deputy Dist. Atty. Paul Thompson apologized to Jeremy’s 23 alleged victims via email on Friday for being ‘unable to get complete justice’ for them
- The ex porn star previously pleaded not guilty to more than 30 counts of sexual assault including 12 rape charges in the Los Angeles area over a 23-year period
Former porn star Ron Jeremy has been released to a ‘private residence’ where he’ll receive 24-hour medical care, months after he was found incompetent to stand trial in his rape case.
LA County Deputy District Attorney Paul Thompson apologized to Jeremy’s 23 alleged victims via email on Friday for being ‘unable to get complete justice’ for them due to the actor having ‘deteriorated to the point that he is essentially bed ridden’.
Thompson said Jeremy, who was known as ‘The Hedgehog’ in the porn world, was being moved from the notorious Men’s Central Jail in downtown LA to an unnamed institution after it emerged ‘no medical facility will take him’.
The Queens-born 70-year-old previously pleaded not guilty to more than 30 counts of sexual assault including 12 rape charges over a 23-year period from 1996.
He has been held in prison since June 2020, where he was diagnosed with dementia before being placed under a conservator earlier this year.
Former porn star Ron Jeremy has been released to a ‘private residence’ where he’ll receive 24-hour medical care, months after he was found incompetent to stand trial in his rape case
The 70-year-old former porn star previously pleaded not guilty to more than 30 counts of sexual assault including 12 rape charges in the Los Angeles area over a 23-year period from 1996
Attorneys have said Jeremy, who was known as ‘The Hedgehog’ in the porn world, was being moved from the notorious Men’s Central Jail (pictured) in downtown LA to an unnamed institution after it emerged ‘no medical facility will take him’
Thompson’s email, seen by the Los Angeles Times, said Jeremy’s lawyers had filed a motion for his complete release which had been overruled on public safety grounds – but he was being moved to the private facility instead.
‘I feel very badly that this is where we are, but it is beyond our control,’ Thompson told the alleged victims.
‘His mental and physical condition deteriorated rapidly, and we are left with no other options. I’m sorry that we couldn’t get complete justice for you in court.’
Jeremy’s attorney Stu Goldfarb told the Times he didn’t know what kind of ‘private residence’ the actor would be released to, or whether it would have security measures, but said it was the most humane outcome.
‘He’s not competent to go [on] trial and he’s not been proven guilty, but he’s charged with a serious felony. What do you do with him?’ Goldfarb said.
‘Most importantly, how do you protect the public, and equally as important, how do you protect his civil rights? He ends up in a facility that’s secure, so the public is not at risk and he doesn’t have to be housed in prison.’
Also speaking with the Times, director of communications for the district attorney’s office Tiffiny Blacknell raised concerns that Jeremy could ‘assault caregivers, which he has allegedly attempted to do at other facilities’.
Proceedings were halted against Jeremy in March 2022 when Goldfarb said his client no longer recognized him.
In January, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Ronald S. Harris formally declared him unable to stand trial, saying the former porn star was ‘incoherent’ due to ‘incurable neurocognitive decline’.
The alleged sexual predator’s primary hunting ground was said to be bars along the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood, including the Rainbow Room Bar & Grill which is currently being sued by two women for negligence tied to the allegations.
In court documents obtained by DailyMail.com earlier this month, the business vehemently denied ‘each and every and all of the allegations’ of the unidentified plaintiffs who are seeking cash damages.
Lianne Young, a former British porn star who went by the name of Billie Britt, accused Jeremy – born Ronald Jeremy Hyatt – of assaulting her at a Halloween party on the strip in 2000.
She was dressed in a bikini at the former House of Blues during a porn industry Halloween party when she says Jeremy shoved her onto a table and forced himself inside her.
According to Young, the ordeal last only a matter of seconds, as she fought Jeremy off of her. Young said at least three other industry execs watched the assault unfold, however none of them reacted.
‘People were just like, “That’s Ron”,’ Young said.
Speaking after discovering the defendant would not stand trial due to his mental incompetency, Young said she felt ‘numb’.
She told the LA Times: ‘They were aware of his condition before getting us all involved.
Lianne Young, a former British porn star who went by the name of Billie Britt, accused Jeremy of assaulting her at a Halloween party on the Sunset Strip in 2000
Two unnamed women filed a lawsuit against Rainbow Bar & Grill, and its owner Rockin’ Horse, Inc., which is accused of ‘facilitating Ron Jeremy drugging women’s drinks’
Jeremy, 69, pleaded not guilty in August 2021 to more than 30 counts of sexual assault (pictured in June 2020)
‘They were well aware he had dementia, so I’m very disappointed that they didn’t solve that bit before letting us go on that emotional journey for two and a half years.’
In additional comments to The Mirror, she said: ‘I really can’t put it into words how angry I am. I will never get closure.
‘He could have been brought to justice much sooner, but Ron was built up to be this king who was untouchable and his lawyers kept delaying the case.
‘I felt abused again and like a pawn in a game. It felt like getting hit in the stomach by a 200mph tennis ball.’
Jeremy was among the biggest names in the adult film industry, appearing in more than 2,000 movies starting in the 1970s.
In August 2020, Jeremy wrote on Twitter: ‘I can’t wait to prove my innocence in court! Thank you to everyone for all the support.’
Prosecutors allege Jeremy – born Ronald Jeremy Hyatt – restrained some of the women and raped or sodomized them – and had sex with others who were sleeping or unconscious.
The counts against Jeremy included 12 of forcible rape, seven of forcible oral copulation, six of sexual battery, and two of penetration while the victim was asleep or unconscious, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
Ron Jeremy pictured in 1988
Porn star Ron Jeremy was indicted on 30 charges for the alleged sexual assault and forcible rape of 21 women and girls, some as young as 15 years old
Prosecutors allege Jeremy – born Ronald Jeremy Hyatt – restrained some of the women and raped or sodomized them – and had sex with others who were sleeping or unconscious
The alleged offenses took place at night clubs and bars in the Los Angeles area, during a photo shoot, and at Jeremy’s home, the District Attorney’s office said.
Jeremy was charged with four counts of sexual penetration by a foreign object and two counts of sexual penetration of an unconscious or asleep person.
Further charges included one count each of lewd act upon a child under the age of 14 or 15, sodomy by use of force and assault with intent to commit rape.
LA District Attorney George Gascón said Jeremy’s alleged sexual assaults happened over the course of more than 23 years and involved 21 victims ranging in age from 15 to 51.
Jeremy is alleged to have sexually assaulted a 15-year-old girl referred to as ‘Jane Doe 5’ on June 12, 2004, penetrating her with a foreign object, according to the August 19 indictment obtained by DailyMail.com.
Another girl, 17, was allegedly raped in 2008 at a home in the Woodland Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles. She was referred to as ‘Jane Doe 22’ in the court documents.
Among the first allegations against Jeremy, prosecutors claim he raped a 19-year-old woman during a photo shoot in the San Fernando Valley in October 1996.
The indictment alleges that Jeremy ‘unlawfully’ had sexual intercourse with ‘Jane Doe 19’ in 2000 by means ‘force, violence, duress, menace or fear of immediate and unlawfully bodily injury.’
Jeremy was among the biggest names in the adult film industry, appearing in more than 2,000 movies starting in the 1970s
Jeremy was also accused of sexually assaulting another woman at a strip club in City of Industry at some point between 2002 and 2003, officials said.
Another woman, 21, went to Jeremy’s home where she was allegedly sexually assaulted in 2010. She was referred to as ‘Jane Doe 23’ in the court documents.
In January 2013, Jeremy allegedly sexually assaulted a 38-year-old woman at a West Hollywood bar he frequented, officials said.
The most recent allegations stem from January 2020 when Jeremy raped and sodomized a woman identified in the court documents as ‘Jane Doe 17,’ the indictment claims.
‘Far too often, survivors of sexual assault suffer in isolation,’ Gascón said.
‘We must ensure that survivors have all options available to help with recovery, including trauma-informed services for healing and support to report such crimes.’
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