Adult film actor Ron Jeremy leveraged the novelty of his celebrity to meet and often isolate women who he raped and sexually assaulted, using the same tactics for years, according to grand jury testimony from 21 women that was unsealed Saturday.
‘Wouldn’t it be funny if we got a picture and an autograph from him?’ one woman, identified only as Jane Doe 8, said she remembered telling her friend when they saw Jeremy in 2013 at a West Hollywood bar and grill.
He would sexually assault her minutes later, testified the woman, one of several who said their attacks came in the same small bathroom.
‘I was like, wow, you know, this is Ron Jeremy, I mean, I was kind of impressed. I’m like he’s – I don´t want to say ‘celebrity,’ but you know, he kind of was,’ said another woman, Jane Doe 7, when Jeremy came to the door of the Hollywood hotel room she was sharing with friends, where the porn actor would rape her soon after, according to her testimony.
One woman, identified only as Jane Doe 8, said she remembered telling her friend when they saw Jeremy in 2013 at a West Hollywood bar, alleged to be Rainbow Bar and Grill
PICTURED: A grand jury has indicted adult film actor Ron Jeremy on more than 30 counts of sexual assault involving 21 women and girls across more than two decades, authorities said.
Jeremy, 68, whose legal name is Ronald Jeremy Hyatt, pleaded not guilty to 34 counts of sexual assault, including 12 counts of rape, when the Los Angeles County grand jury returned an indictment against him on August 25.
He has been in jail since his arrest in June 2020. His attorney, Stuart Goldfarb, has said he is ‘innocent of all the charges’ and they would prove it. An email seeking further comment from Goldfarb on Saturday was not immediately returned.
Nicknamed ‘The Hedgehog,’ Jeremy has been among the best-known and most prolific performers in the porn industry for decades, and became a recognizable pop cultural novelty through reality shows, public appearances and music videos.
He has long been a magnet for seekers of autographs and selfies, which is how most of the women and girls aged 15 to 51 he is accused of assaulting first met him.
This is the filthy, cockroach-infested Hollywood apartment of accused serial rapist and former porn star Ron Jeremy, where another woman claimed Jeremy tried to grope her
The woman who met Jeremy in September 2017 said she went to his apartment to use the restroom and was shocked by what she saw. The woman says she isn’t surprised about the allegations against Jeremy because he was so sexually aggressive with her and tried to grope her in her car (pictured)
Photos obtained by DailyMail.com show Jeremy’s lounge filled with dozens of boxes, while the kitchen sides were filled with paperwork, used candles and empty bottles
The woman said: ‘There was trash piled up, old porn memorabilia stuffed in overflowing boxes. His kitchen table looked like an unkempt outside porch, there were plants that had grown around the table legs and into the floor’
Some didn’t even recognize him initially, but they came into his orbit because of the air of fame around him.
A woman, now 33, who Jeremy is charged with sexually assaulting when she was 15 in 2004 said she approached him at a rave he was hosting in Santa Clarita, California.
‘I didn’t know who he was, but I just – everyone told me he was famous so I was excited to meet a celebrity,’ said the woman, now 33, known as Jane Doe 5.
After they met, he invited her backstage, where he asked her if she wanted to see ‘something cool,’ then lifted her in the air, put his hand under her skirt and molested her, she said.
Many women described Jeremy using the same methods in the same places, including the restaurant and his filthy, cockroach-infested Hollywood apartment.
The carpet in the lounge looks as old as Jeremy’s early porn movies and the walls are not much cleaner
The woman added: ‘I honestly thought he was on that show Hoarders. It was disgusting, I was so shocked. You could hardly open the front door’
There’s barely enough room to move around in the apartment due to the junk left on the floor which is black with dirt. Pictured: Jeremy’s apartment building Franklin Towers
He was a popular regular at the Rainbow Bar and Grill on the Sunset Strip in West Hollywood, where he had permission to use the employee bathroom.
He would lure women there by offering to show them the kitchen where the restaurant made its famous pizzas, or by telling them he knew a bathroom they could use when the public restrooms were closed after last call.
He would follow them into the small space, lock the door behind them, use his considerable size to block them from leaving, then rape them or engage in other sexual assault, several women testified.
Jane Doe 8 said before her assault she told Jeremy they were staying at the Loew’s Hollywood Hotel, but did not tell him the room number.
He appeared at the door the next day.
‘I have connections all over this town,’ she remembered him saying when she asked how she found them. She had not told her friend, Jane Doe 7, about the assault, and failed in her attempts to get her out of the room, where Jeremy would rape her, according to their testimony.
Several women said Jeremy asked them to write a note about their experience on a napkin of scrap of paper in what prosecutors called an attempt to gain evidence of consent after the fact. The women, under duress and looking to get away, often complied.
Jeremy also gave some victims cash after the attacks, for what prosecutors said was similar reasons.
‘He just out of nowhere just tossed money at me,’ said a woman who got a $100 bill from Jeremy after she said he raped her in 2019 the Rainbow Bar and Grill bathroom.
Eliot Preschutti, 46, was the bar manager at the legendary Rainbow Bar & Grill in West Hollywood where porn star Ron Jeremy would frequent. The men are pictured together at the bar in an undated photo
The woman’s boyfriend and brother had warned her to stay away from Jeremy earlier in the evening when she asked who he was, but she took a picture with him anyway when she saw several others doing it.
She testified that she got into the car with them holding the cash and said, ‘This came from that guy you guys told me to stay away from. He just raped me in the bathroom.’
The woman went to the police about an hour later, becoming one of the few who reported their assaults immediately. Some said Jeremy’s status as a porn performer kept them from going to authorities for years.
‘He’s a celebrity and what he’s known for is having sex with people on camera for money,’ said Jane Doe 7, who like many of the victims came forward years later only after Jeremy was arrested last year. ‘I thought there is no way anyone is going to believe me, and I just wanted to get out of there and forget all about it.’
However, a former bar manager at the legendary Rainbow Bar & Grill in West Hollywood has jumped to the defense of the accused sex predator, saying: ‘Yes he’s a groper but he’s no rapist.’
Preschutti ran the famous rock bar on the Sunset Strip for two years from 2017-2019 and claims Jeremy came in four nights a week without fail
Eliot Preschutti, 46, ran the famous rock bar on the Sunset Strip for two years from 2017-2019 and claims Jeremy came in four nights a week without fail.
He said he spent hours with the adult star and witnessed first hand how he was mobbed by dozens of female fans almost every night.
‘I saw all the people that come toward him, the people that flock around him,’ he said.
‘I know him a lot more than most people do and while I can’t speak for any of the situations that he’s being accused of, I would just assume it’s just another transparent attempt to take him down.
‘I’m not his best friend, but I’ve had hours and hours of conversation with him and seven to eight hours, four times a week watching his behavior.
‘I’ve seen the guy in action, he just doesn’t need to do this, to rape women. There’s plenty of women making themselves available to him.’
Ron Jeremy: the porn star who went mainstream before sex charges tanked his career
Prosecutors allege Jeremy – born Ronald Jeremy Hyatt – restrained some of the women and raped or sodomized them – and had sex with others who were sleeping or unconscious
Ron Jeremy, also known by his nickname ‘The Hedgehog,’ was born to a middle-class Jewish family in Queens, New York in 1953, according to his memoir Ron Jeremy: The Hardest (Working) Man in Showbiz.
He graduated from Benjamin N. Cardozo High School where he performed in theatrical productions including the musical Oklahoma, according to Village Voice.
According to his
He eventually left teaching to pursue becoming an actor on Broadway, and in 1978 had first brush with pornography when a girlfriend sent his photo to Playgirl magazine for appearance in its ‘Boy Next Door’ pages.
Jeremy has since been listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for ‘Most Appearances in Adult Films’ and won several adult film acting awards.
He has been listed as having 2,542 performance credits in the
Jeremy, who was active as a porn star from 1979 until 2018, has also acted in a number of mainstream films and television series, including appearances in Ghostbusters and The Boondock Saints.
He has also competed on Wheel of Fortune and appeared in a segment of The Chappelle Show, and numerous music videos for artists including Kid Rock, Moby, Guns & Roses and Sublime.
Jeremy has also had several business endeavors including opening a swingers nightclub in Portland, Oregon which closed in 2015.