More than two years after pornographic film star Ron Jeremy was arrested and charged with nearly three dozen counts of sexual assault, the state of California is sending him to a mental hospital due to “incurable neurocognitive decline.”
Born Ronald Jeremy Hyatt, the 69-year-old star of over 2,000 films dating back to the 1970s had been indicted by a grand jury on 34 counts of sexual assault, including 12 counts of rape, over a 23-year span to which he had pleaded not guilty. On Tuesday, Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office spokesman Greg Risling confirmed to the press that Jeremy would be relocated to a state-run mental health facility.
The decision was made following a ruling from California Superior Court Judge Ronald S. Harris who had found, based on the reports of the defense and prosecution, that the film star suffered “incurable neurocognitive decline.”
His defense attorney Stuart Goldfarb told the Associated Press at the time, “When he was arrested two years ago I said he would be found innocent of all charges. Two years have passed and with the additional discovery I received, I believed he would 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.”
Prior to the ruling, the Los Angeles Times had reported that L.A. County Deputy District Attorney Paul Thompson foresaw this outcome and lamented what it would mean for the alleged victims.
“As a result of the agreement of the experts, the defendant will be declared incompetent to stand trial … his prognosis for improvement is not good. If he does not improve, we will not be able to try him for his crimes,” Thompson wrote. “Because criminal proceedings are suspended as long as he is incompetent, we also cannot get a guilty plea from him or discuss other measures to get justice for the victims in this case.”
Jeremy’s arrest in 2020 was connected to 21 separate accusers that included both girls and women aged 15 to 51 at the time of the alleged assaults.
One of his accusers, British adult film star Lianne Young, reacted to the diagnosis by saying, “My first reaction, I was kind of numb. They were aware of his condition before getting us all involved. 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 2 1/2 years.”
Young had leveled that at an industry Halloween party in 2000 while she was dressed in a bikini, Jeremy had shoved her onto a table and raped her while three executives stood by and watched as she fought off the attack within a matter of seconds.
Without Jeremy facing trial, Young concluded, “It’s going to come down to public opinion now, and public opinion has looked at Ron like a god. It could be an indication to other predators or viewers of pornography that they can get away with such crimes.”
The next hearing is scheduled for May 8 to assess Jeremy’s progress.
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