Porn Star Ron Jeremy to be Declared Incompetent to Stand Trial For Rape: ‘Severe Dementia’

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Ron Jeremy is said to be declared incompetent to stand trial for more than 30 counts of rape. According to the Los Angeles Times, the adult film star is suffering from severe dementia and will be declared unfit for trial on January 17th. Jeremy, whose real name is Ronald Jeremy Hyatt, will likely be  placed in a state-run hospital following the allegations from at least 20 women since June 2020. Attorneys for Jeremy nor the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office have yet to respond to any comment on the situation.

Through an email obtained by The Times, LA County Deputy District Attorney Paul Thompson stated that mental health experts that were enlisted by both Hyatt legal team and prosecutors determined his condition, saying there was no evidence that he was faking.

“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,” Thompson stated.

“If he does not improve, we will not be able to try him for his crimes because criminal proceedings are suspended as long as he is incompetent,” he continued. “We also cannot get a guilty plea from him or discuss other measures to get justice for the victims in this case.”

Adult Film Star Ron Jeremy Indicted on More Than 30 Counts of Sexual Assault

The 69 year old can still be declared fit for trial in the future if his condition improves. Some of Hyatts relatives suspected that he suffered from dementia well before his arrest in 2020, according to the email. Experts had reached the conclusion based on his medical documents as well as interviews they had with Hyatt, his relatives, and LA County Sheriff deputies who had interacted with him during his incarceration.

Lianne Young, a former British adult film star and one of the accusers, told the times that she was “kind of numb” after hearing the decision. She noted that the indictment sparked a conversation about consent in the adult film industry. 

“It’s going to come down to public opinion now, and public opinion has looked at Ron like a god,” Young stated. “It could be an indication to other predators or viewers of pornography that they can get away with such crimes.”

Back in August 2021, Hyatt was indicted on more than 30 counts of sexual assault with several accusations dating back to 1996. His victims ranged from ages 15 to 51. At that time he had pleaded not guilty and still maintaines his innocence. He was initially charged with a dozen counts of forcible rape, six counts of sexual battery by restraint, seven counts of forcible oral copulation, two counts of sexual penetration of an unconscious or asleep person, one can of  committing a lewd act on a minor, and four counts of sexual penetration by a foreign object.

If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted, you can contact the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673) or go to rainn.org.

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