Ron Jeremy

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Ron Jeremy
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Full Name: Ronald Jeremy Hyatt
Alias: Ron Jeremy
R. J.
David Elliot
Big Daddy
The Hedgehog 
Uncle Ronnie
Origin: Queens, New York, United States
Occupation: Porn star
Stand-up comedian
Filmmaker
Crimes: Rape
Sexual assault
Sodomy
Type of Villain: Rapist


You cannot blame porn. When I was young, I used to masturbate to Gilligan's Island.
~ Ron Jeremy

Ronald Jeremy Hyatt (born March 12, 1953) is a disgraced former American pornographic actor, filmmaker, actor, and stand-up comedian. Nicknamed "The Hedgehog", Jeremy was ranked by AVN at No. 1 in their "50 Top Porn Stars of All Time" list. Jeremy has also made a number of non-pornographic media appearances, and director Scott J. Gill filmed a documentary about him and his legacy, Porn Star: The Legend of Ron Jeremy, which was released in 2001.

More than a dozen women have publicly accused Jeremy of sexual assault over the years. Several of the allegations relate to his appearances at fan conventions, alleging that he would grope and insert his fingers into attendees without their consent.

In June 2020, Jeremy was charged with four counts of rape and sexual assault involving four women and in August 2020, he was charged with another 20 counts of either rape or sexual assault over a span of 16 years from 2004–2020 that involved 12 women and a 15-year-old girl. He was charged with several more charges dating back to 1996 in October 2020. In total, if convicted, Jeremy faces a 250-year prison sentence.

Sexual assault charges and allegations

More than a dozen women have publicly accused Jeremy of sexual assault. Several of the allegations relate to his appearances at fan conventions, alleging that he would grope and insert his fingers into attendees without their consent. The organizers of the Exxxotica national adult conventions permanently banned Jeremy from their shows in October 2017 after a social media campaign by webcam model Ginger Banks. The Free Speech Coalition, an industry trade group, rescinded its Positive Image Award that it had originally presented to him in 2009 due to the allegations.

In June 2020, Jeremy was charged with four counts of rape and sexual assault by the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. Jeremy was accused of forcibly raping a 25-year-old woman at a home in West Hollywood in May 2014. He also allegedly sexually assaulted two women, ages 33 and 46, on separate occasions at a West Hollywood bar in 2017, and is accused of forcibly raping a 30-year-old woman at the same bar in July 2019.

Owner of Golden Artists Entertainment, Dante Rusciolelli, announced they were dropping Jeremy as a client following the charges. On June 27, Jeremy pleaded not guilty to all charges. Jeremy posted his response to the charges on Twitter saying : "I am innocent of all charges. I can’t wait to prove my innocence in court! Thank you to everyone for all the support."

Three days after Jeremy was initially charged, prosecutors said they had received an additional 25 allegations of misconduct involving Jeremy, 13 of which had occurred in L.A. County. Since then, six additional women who worked in the adult entertainment industry came forward claiming that Jeremy had raped or abused them. In July 2020, a law enforcement official confirmed that the L.A. County Sheriff's Department had received 30 new allegations of forcible rape and groping against Jeremy involving incidents that took place in L.A. County since 2000.

On August 31, 2020, Los Angeles prosecutors filed 20 more counts that included charges of rape, sexual assault, sodomy and forcible penetration by foreign object against Jeremy that involved 12 different women with ages ranging from 15 to 54 years old and that spanned over 16 years from 2004-2020. A 15-year-old girl, alleges that she was sexually assaulted by Jeremy at a party in Santa Clarita. The most recent incident is said to have occurred on January 1, 2020 when a 21-year-old woman alleged she was sexually assaulted outside of a business in Hollywood, CA. Six other women alleged sexual assaults happened inside a West Hollywood bar the defendant frequented and another in the bar’s parking lot. The combined 24 counts could bring sentences of more than 250 years. Jeremy, who originally had bail set at $6.6 million when first charged in June, is in custody at Twin Towers Correctional Facility in Los Angeles.

On August 25, 2021, he was indicted on a total of 30 sexual-assault counts involving 21 victims.

Trivia

  • He is Jewish.
  • Prior to becoming an adult film star in 1979, he was a special education teacher.
  • He entered the industry after his girlfriend sent pictures of him to Playgirl magazine.
  • He used his middle name as his stage name as his father expressed disapproval on using their last name, saying that "he would kill him."
  • He became known as the Hedgehog after a film shoot in the California mountains. After suffering near hypothermia due to the cold weather (he arrived at the shoot expecting the weather to be warm so he only wore a t-shirt and shorts), he took a shower which turned him pink and caused his hair to stand. Fellow adult film star William Margold jokingly said that he looked like a hedgehog and Jeremy has since embraced the nickname.
  • A joke in the adult industry was that "the kinkier acts some actresses would not perform were bestiality, sadomasochism, and sex with Ron Jeremy", because he had an atypical appearance for a porn star.
  • He was an extra in the film Ghostbusters.