Adult film star Ron Jeremy has been ruled mentally incompetent to stand trial on numerous counts of rape and sexual assault by a judge in Los Angeles.
Jeremy is in "incurable neurocognitive decline," from which he is unlikely to recover, according to reports from both the prosecution and Jeremy's defence, Superior Court Judge Ronald S. Harris stated during a hearing. Prosecutors requested that he be regularly reassessed.
In October 2020, adult film star Jeremy pleaded not guilty to seven new counts of sexual assault. Then, in August 2021, Jeremy was indicted on more than 30 further counts of sexual assault involving 21 women and girls over a two-decade period.
The 69-year-old pleaded not guilty in Los Angeles Superior Court to all of the allegations, which included 12 counts of rape and sexual battery against six women dating back to 1996.
Here is everything you need to know.
What has he been accused of?
Jeremy, nicknamed “The Hedgehog”, is one of the most high-profile figures in the porn industry and has appeared in more than 2,000 films since beginning his career in the 1970s.
The indictment covers allegations of rape and sexual battery dating from 1996 to 2019 with victims aged 15 to 51. The counts appear to be identical to charges filed against Jeremy last year, which he also denied.
Jeremy is accused of attacking a total of 23 victims, including a 15-year-old girl, who was allegedly attacked at a house party in Santa Clarita, a city 33 miles north of Los Angeles, according to prosecutors.
He has denied those charges.
Another woman says she was 19 when Jeremy raped her during a photo shoot in the San Fernando Valley, while a further woman alleges she was 26 when Jeremy raped her at a nightclub in October 2000.
The most recent incident occurred on 1 January 2020 this year, prosecutors allege, when Jeremy is said to have sexually assaulted a 21-year-old woman outside a business in Hollywood.
Six other alleged sexual assaults happened inside a West Hollywood bar Jeremy frequented and another in the bar’s parking lot, prosecutors allege.
After the initial charges were filed last year, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department appealed for more alleged victims to come forward.
What has he said?
In June 2020 Jeremy denied the allegations, tweeting: “I am innocent of all charges. I can’t wait to prove my innocence in court! Thank you to everyone for all the support.”
If convicted as charged, Jeremy faced a possible maximum sentence of more than 330 years to life in state prison.
“When he was arrested two years ago I said he would be found innocent of all charges,” Jeremy’s lawyer Stuart Goldfarb said. “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.”
Where is Ron Jeremy now?
Jeremy had been held in LA’s Twin Towers Correctional Facility on a $6.6 million (£4.8 million) bail since his arrest in June 2020.