Ron Jeremy pleads not guilty to raping three women, assaulting fourth
Ron Jeremy pleads not guilty to raping three women and sexually assaulting a fourth just days after a porn star claimed she knows of ‘at least 50 other victims’
- Jeremy, 67, entered not guilty plea in Los Angeles courtroom on Friday
- LA district attorney said Jeremy raped and sexually assaulted four women
- Bail was set at $6.6million and Jeremy was remanded into custody
- Jeremy allegedly raped 25-year-old woman at West Hollywood home in 2014
- Two other women allege he assaulted them separately at a WeHo bar in 2017
- A 30-year-old woman alleges Jeremy assaulted her at the same bar last year
- Actress Ginger Banks said she knows of dozens of other victims
- Banks made the allegations against Jeremy in 2016 in a YouTube video
- Since then, she says many other women have come forward with similar stories
Pornographic film actor Ron Jeremy pleaded not guilty to several felony sex crimes in a Los Angeles court on Friday after three women in the adult entertainment industry came forward to accuse him of rape.
A fourth woman has also accused the 67-year-old Jeremy of sexual assault. He remains in custody as bail was set at $6.6million.
The counts make Jeremy the third man to be charged, along with Harvey Weinstein and producer David Guillod, by a task force formed by District Attorney Jackie Lacey in 2017 to investigate sexual misconduct in the entertainment industry.
Ron Jeremy, the adult film star, pleaded not guilty in Los Angeles court on Friday after he was charged with multiple sex crimes, including rape and sexual assault
Jeremy, nicknamed ‘The Hedgehog,’ is among the best known and most prolific actors in the history of the adult film industry, with thousands of credits to his name.
Jeremy’s attorney Stuart Goldfarb said on Tuesday he is ‘absolutely innocent of the charges. It’s not a close call.’
Jeremy was charged with three counts each of forcible rape and forcible penetration by a foreign object and one count each of forcible oral copulation and sexual battery. If convicted of all the counts he could face 90 years in prison.
Prosecutors allege Jeremy raped a 25-year-old woman at a West Hollywood home in May 2014, sexually assaulted a 33-year-old woman and a 46-year-old woman in separate incidents at a West Hollywood bar in 2017, and raped a 30-year-old woman at the same bar in July of last year.
Goldfarb said witnesses who spoke to both detectives and his own investigator have cast doubt on the allegations.
The lawyer said Jeremy often gropes women with their consent during public appearances, and suggested his long life as an adult performer makes him less likely to have committed sexual crimes.
‘There is absolutely no reason for him to ever be aggressive with women,’ Goldfarb said.
‘He’s had more women than you can count.’
He added that the bail amount was ‘horrendously high.’
Four women have come forward to claim that Jeremy either raped or assaulted them in the Los Angeles area in recent years
Jeremy was investigated by the Hollywood task force after it was formed during a wave of sexual misconduct allegations that began in late 2017 with media reports about Weinstein that launched the #MeToo era.
The task force has investigated more than 20 men, but Jeremy is just the third to be charged.
Prosecutors have begun efforts to bring Weinstein to California to face charges of rape and sexual assault.
He is being held in a New York prison after being convicted of similar charges earlier this year. He has denied engaging in any non-consensual sex.
On Monday, Guillod, a producer on the 2017 film Atomic Blonde and the 2020 Netflix movie Extraction, was arrested in Santa Barbara County and charged with 11 felonies, most of them rape counts, that were investigated by Lacey’s task force.
Guillod’s attorney Philip K. Cohen said in a statement that ‘for the past eight years, Mr. Guillod has denied these allegations’ and an ‘overwhelming amount of evidence has been collected over the course of this investigation disputing these charges.’
Los Angeles prosecutors charged That ’70s Show actor Danny Masterson last week with the rapes of three women, though that investigation preceded the formation of the Hollywood task force.
Masterson denied the charges and his attorney said he will be vindicated.
Another allegation against Jeremy from 2016, was declined by the task force because of insufficient evidence.
In recent years, Jeremy has appeared in more mainstream entertainment, including music videos and reality television shows like The Surreal Life.
Ginger Banks, the 30-year-old pornographic star who first exposed sexual assault allegations against Jeremy, said this week that she has since spoken with at least 50 other alleged victims who claim to have been raped or groped by him.
Banks, who released a YouTube video containing allegations of multiple woman against Jeremy, said she feels vindicated after the porn actor was arrested and charged on Tuesday.
She claims that she was groped by the veteran actor at the AVN (Adault Video News) in 2016, and learned of other similar allegations against him from other woman since the alleged assault.
‘The stories are all the same,’ she said, speaking to The Sun. ‘People would go up to him and be really excited because they were getting to meet Ron Jeremy and asked to take a picture.’
Pictured: Adult film actress Ginger Banks attends the 2019 Adult Video News Awards at The Joint inside the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on January 26, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada
Banks claims that while taking a picture with Jeremy, he would violate women with his finger, grab them, put his mouth on their chest or bend them over.
Speaking about other experiences she has been told about by women, Jeremy would allegedly also bend women over on pornographic sets and ‘just penetrate them.’
It was unusual for a woman to meet Jeremy without being groped in some way, she claims, and that her experience is very similar to many others she has heard about.
When Jeremy allegedly groped Banks, she says that by that point she had grown used to being groped at the expo she was attending as it was common place, but once she heard of other experiences she released how wide-spread Jeremy’s alleged abuse was.
‘Over the past couple of years since my YouTube video, I’ve probably read and had up to 100 people speak to me so I would say honestly about 50 legitimate first hand accounts, then other people who saw it happen to their friends or other women – so second hand accounts,’ she told The Sun.
One of the first women to go public with her allegation was ‘cam girl’ model Miss Lollipop – who goes by the name Lacey on Twitter – where she claimed in 2016 that Jeremy digitally penetrated her without consent.
Pictured: Cam girl and adult entertainer Miss Lollipop was one of the first women to accuse Jeremy of sexual assault
The tweet read: ‘Not my 1st, but at a my 1st adult con, posing for a photo w ron jeremy – he slips his finger under my panties and into my vagina. #notokay’
Speaking to The Sun, she said that Jeremy’s alleged actions were ‘no secret’ and that she and other women have been saying this since 2016.
Lacey said that she has been met with apathy and people asking her ‘what did you expect?’ and that Jeremy’s response was to blame his actions on his job.
She also shared the experience of another woman, a friend, who claimed to her that Jeremy had penetrated a performer without consent while she was filming a solo scene.
The video of this scene is still available online, in which the performer says no to Jeremy twice when he asks to penetrate her, before being filmed doing so. The performer, who looks uncomfortable, asks the camera man ‘Are you filming this?’
The video caption reads: ‘persistence wears down resistance’. The video has reportedly been sent to prosecutors.
A number of other woman have also made their allegations public on Twitter against Jeremy, who has always denied all allegations of rape.
One Twitter user posted a photograph of her looking outraged as the actor put his hand down her top to feel her breast.
‘Ron Jeremy assaults people,’ she wrote. ‘I know this because he has also grossly groped me when I asked for a photo. Literally.’
She makes it clear in her Tweet that the photo is not staged, writing ‘I wanted a cute selfie with him and he then put his hand in my shirt because he wanted to ‘see if I had cute nipples.’
Jeremy on Tuesday was charged with raping three women and sexually assaulting another. He is pictured appearing in the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center in Los Angeles
Jeremy is pictured being led by a guard in the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center in Los Angeles during his arraignment
In a tweet, the porn actor said: ‘I am innocent of all charges. I can’t wait to prove my innocence in court! Thank you to everyone for all the support.’
A number of women had already alleged the 40-year porn veteran groped them without their consent. That led to Jeremy being banned from most of the adult industry’s high-profile events.
In September 2017, Jeremy was accused of inappropriately touching Kristin Brodie who asked him to sign her breast at a Washington state radio station.
At the time, Brodie told the Daily Beast: ‘Our Rock Girl uniforms are just torn up T-shirts. There’s not a lot of coverage so you can see the top part of your chest. There’s no need to move the collar but that’s what he did to all three of us.
Jeremy, who did not achieve fame based on his good looks, earned the nickname The Hedgehog due to his hirsute, stringy hair and unkempt mustache
Charges were announced against porn star Ron Jeremy, 67, on Tuesday
‘He pulled our shirts open and reached inside our bras, all the way to the bottom and squeezed hard almost pulling [our breasts] out of our bra, and for me it felt like he was squeezing an udder or appraising something. It was very unpleasant.
‘I was nervous… but I was a Rock Girl and knew I was being watched, so with that knowledge I tried to look unbothered and unfazed even though I was not.’
Following that incident, Jeremy was told he would not face charges over the allegations.
Police interviewed witnesses and reviewed surveillance videos but the Tacoma City Attorney’s Office decided not to press charges.
Stuart Goldfarb, left, defense attorney for adult film star Ron Jeremy, addresses the media after Jeremy’s arraignment at the Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Cente
Jackie Lacey’s office said prosecutors are recommending bail at $6.6 million
He faces a possible maximum sentence of 90 years to life in prison in convicted
In 2017, a prominent adult film actress, who wished to remain anonymous, also accused Jeremy of sexually assaulting her.
‘The first time I met him on set he put his fingers in my pu**y unexpectedly. I was brand new, outside smoking a cigarette and he comes out just being Ron Jeremy. All of a sudden he’s fingering me, and I’m like, whoa,’ the woman told Daily Beast.
‘He was just there as an extra on set, he wasn’t even there performing. We joke about it—there’s Ron, stay five feet away from him because he does that.
‘We don’t think anything of it. Unfortunately, it doesn’t even register. It’s like, oh great, another girl got groped by Ron Jeremy, join the club.’
Sydney Leathers, who is also an adult film actress and writer, also voiced her concerns over how much praise Jeremy recently received online.
‘I’m personally happy Ron Jeremy has a tree to focus his attention on instead of groping women,’ Leathers told the news outlet.
Jeremy, who earned the nickname due to his hirsute, stringy hair and unkempt mustache, recently made headlines for trying to save his childhood tree in Queens, New York.
The 67-year-old tweeted a picture of himself hugging a tree on May 16 with the caption: ‘I need your help. help me save my tree.’
According Jeremy, the tree was planted by his father on the day he was born.
The 67-year-old tweeted a picture of himself hugging a tree on May 16 with the caption: ‘I need your help. help me save my tree.’ According Jeremy, the tree was planted by his father on the day he was born
‘Please let Con Edison know that they cannot tear down this tree,’ Jeremy pleaded with his more than 109,000 followers.
In response, Con Edison tweeted: ‘Hi Ron, thanks for reaching out to us; we understand your concern. However, we are not involved with this tree’s pruning or removal job. Please reach out to NYC Parks department for more information.’
A few days later, Jeremy shared a video story of his tree, tweeting: ‘I’ve been fighting to save my tree over and over it’s whole life. Sadly it has run its course and needs to be torn down tomorrow. It is not City’s fault. The tree is old.’
And though several of his followers view Jeremy as a sort of hometown hero, the headlines about his tree angered others. Porn star, Janice Griffith, asked on Twitter: ‘Did Ron tweet this in between bouts of sexually harassing people?’
And though several of his followers view Jeremy as a sort of hometown hero, the headlines about his tree angered others.
‘It’s truly horrifying for me to see men who are predators glamorized,’ porn actress, Tasha Reign told the Daily Beast.
Reign added: ‘Men who commit these crimes of assault should be punished for their actions but unfortunately, with our current legal system, it’s extremely challenging to prove sex crimes. That needs to change.
Porn star, Janice Griffith, asked on Twitter: ‘Did Ron tweet this in between bouts of sexually harassing people? He’s banned from almost all industry events for groping people without consent.’
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