One of the most famous people in the adult film industry, Ron Jeremy, has been charged with raping three women and sexually assaulting a fourth.
The Los Angeles County district attorney Jackie Lacey said the alleged incidents took place in West Hollywood between 2014 and 2019.
Jeremy, whose real name is Ronald Jeremy Hyatt, is accused of raping a 25-year-old woman at a home in West Hollywood in May 2014.
He is also alleged to have sexually assaulted two women, aged 33 and 46, on separate occasions at a West Hollywood bar in 2017, and forcibly raped one of them. In a fourth incident, prosecutors said Jeremy raped a 30-year-old woman at the same bar in July 2019.
Jeremy did not enter a plea when he appeared in Los Angeles Superior Court on Tuesday. He was ordered to be held in custody in lieu of $6.6 million bail and will be formally arraigned on Thursday. If convicted he faces a possible maximum sentence of 90 years to life in state prison.
Jeremy, 67, is among the biggest names in the pornography industry, having appeared in more than 2,000 adult films starting in the 1970s.
Allegations of sexual assault by Jeremy were first reported by Rolling Stone magazine in 2017. At the time, he told the magazine he had “never and would never rape anyone”.
Following Tuesday’s court appearance his manager Dante Rusciolelli, posted on Instagram that he has stopped representing the actor.
“We hope that these allegations against him are not true,” he said, “but if they are, we hope that he is prosecuted to the full extent of the law.”
Source : Sky News