'Will he be released?': Internet speculates about Ron Jeremy's rape trial after dementia diagnosis

'Will he be released?': Internet speculates about Ron Jeremy's rape trial after dementia diagnosis
Adult film star Ron Jeremy, accused of sexually assaulting over 20 women, has been deemed mentally unfit to stand trial (David McNew/Getty Images)

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: The Internet has been left wondering if porn actor Ron Jeremy, indicted on 34 counts of sexual assault, including 12 rape accusations, will be released soon. This comes after a Los Angeles judge ruled, on January 17, that he is mentally incompetent to stand trial. Superior Court Judge Ronald S Harris reportedly stated during a hearing that Jeremy is in "incurable neurocognitive decline," from which he is unlikely to recover. 

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The 69-year-old, Jeremy, whose legal name is Ronald Hyatt, was arrested in 2020 for allegedly sexually assaulting several women over a period of 20 years. The oldest case filed against Jeremey is reportedly from May 2014, when he allegedly raped a 25-year-old woman at a home in West Hollywood. He is also accused of sexually assaulting a 33-year-old woman and a 46-year-old woman in separate incidents in 2017, raping a 19-year-old in 1996, a 26-year-old in 2003, and a 17-year-old in 2008.

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About Ginger Banks' YouTube video and what led to Jeremy's arrest

In June 2017, pornstar Ginger Banks posted a video on YouTube accusing Jeremy of sexually assaulting dozens of women who Banks claimed she had spoken with. Jeremy contended that the allegations contained in Banks' film misrepresented his interaction with the women, who he claimed were experiencing "buyer's remorse." On June 25, 2017, Banks posted a Twitter thread that, she claimed, had all pieces of evidence against Jeremy. 

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Banks' video and the stir created at that time over multiple sexual abuse allegations against Harvey Weinstein that prompted the #MeToo movement brought Jeremy's case to the forefront. Charges against Jeremy stemmed from a district attorney's task force set up to investigate the entertainment industry's sexual misconduct after the #MeToo movement, Sky News reported.

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In June 2020, Jeremy was charged with three counts each of forcible rape and forcible penetration by a foreign object and one count each of forcible oral copulation and sexual battery. A month later, he was charged with 20 new counts of rape and sexual assault that even mentioned a teenage girl as a victim.

Will Ron Jeremy be released?

Superior Court Judge Harris' ruling has cast a shadow on the hopes of several people who believe Jeremy is guilty of the charges and several netizens are now questioning if the ruling makes way for Jeremy's release. "So does he get released," a Twitter user commented on a news article that reported on the development. Earlier, another Twitter user had opined, "Ron Jeremy will likely either be released on bail or if he’s deemed a risk to others then they may put him in a psychiatric facility. Since he’s had multiple accusations then it might be the second option."

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While the likelihood of Jeremy facing trial is near zero due to the condition of his mental health, the decision on whether or not to commit him to a state hospital will take place on February 7, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said, Deadline reported. However, the lack of a trial also means that Jeremy will not be able to prove his innocence. Jeremy’s lawyer Stuart Goldfarb said, “It is unfortunate due to mental condition he will not go to trial and have the opportunity to clear his name.” Jeremy has reportedly been diagnosed with dementia and is unlikely to recover from the ailment.

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