Adult film actor Ron Jeremy, already facing sex-crime charges involving four women, is being charged with 20 additional sexual assault counts involving 13 women that date back to 2004, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced Monday.
The amended complaint against Jeremy, 67, includes six counts of sexual battery by restraint; five counts of forcible rape; three counts of forcible oral copulation; two counts of forcible penetration by a foreign object; one count each of sodomy, assault with intent to commit rape, penetration by a foreign object on an unconscious or sleeping victim, and lewd conduct with a 15-year-old girl.
In June, Ron Jeremy Hyatt pleaded not guilty to three counts each of forcible rape and forcible penetration by a foreign object and one count each of forcible oral copulation and sexual battery.
Jeremy is scheduled to be arraigned today on the new charges.
Adult film star Ron Jeremy pleads not guilty to raping three women, sexually assaulting fourth
In a press release, the office of District Attorney Jackie Lacey said the new charges span a 16-year period and the victims ages range from 15 to 54.
The earliest allegation, in June 2004, involves a 15-year-old girl who attended a party in Santa Clarita where she says Jeremy sexually assaulted her, according to the complaint.
The most recent incident allegedly occurred on Jan. 1, 2020; Jeremy is accused of sexually assaulting a 21-year-old woman outside a business in Hollywood, according to the complaint.
Six other alleged sexual assaults happened inside a West Hollywood bar the defendant frequented and another in the bar’s parking lot.
If convicted as charged, Jeremy could face a possible maximum sentence of more than 250 years to life in state prison.
Jeremy, a veteran performer in pornographic films, denied the first set of allegations against him through his lawyer, Stuart Goldfarb, who said he is “absolutely innocent…It’s not a close call.”
Goldfarb did not return a call from USA TODAY seeking a response to the new charges.
In June, Jeremy posted his response on Twitter to the first set of charges: “I am innocent of all charges,” he wrote. “I can’t wait to prove my innocence in court! Thank you to everyone for all the support.”
Jeremy is the third Hollywood figure to be investigated and charged by a task force set up by Lacey in November 2017 to investigate sexual misconduct in the entertainment industry, in the wake of the #MeToo movement.
Producer David Guillod pleaded not guilty in Juneto 11 sex-crime charges, including rape, kidnapping to commit rape, and rape of a drugged victim. His case was jointly investigated by Los Angeles and Santa Barbara authorities and is being prosecuted by the Santa Barbara County District Attorney’s Office.
Former movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, already convicted of sex crimes and imprisoned in New York, is also charged with multiple sexual assault crimes in Los Angeles County but has not yet been extradited due to the coronavirus pandemic. Weinstein has repeatedly denied engaging in any nonconsensual sex acts.