A judge on Thursday stayed the trial in the rape case against Ron Jeremy after a lawyer expressed doubts about the mental health of the disgraced porn star.
Six weeks before a trial began over the sexual assault of nearly two dozen women, Jeremy, 69, failed to recognize his attorney, refused to climb into his wheelchair and was generally “unresponsive” in a cell in downtown LA. courthouse, according to his attorney, Stu Goldfarb.
Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge George Lomeli agreed to stay the criminal case against Jeremy and scheduled a mental health competency hearing for April.
Charges against Jeremy were first brought in 2020 when prosecutors alleged he raped four women he met at the Rainbow Room and other bars on the Sunset Strip. In the weeks after the indictments were announced, investigators with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department received at least 30 additional allegations of rape and other sexual assaults against Jeremy in incidents dating back to 2000, authorities said.
Six other women have since told The Times that Jeremy has either raped or groped them at adult film conventions, brothels or strip clubs across the country. One of those incidents has since been added to Jeremy’s criminal case.
Jeremy was indicted on allegations by 21 women of more than 30 offenses last year. He faces a dozen counts of violent rape, seven counts of violent oral copulation, six counts of sexual molestation through restraint, and various counts of sexual offenses committed on women with foreign objects or while they were sleeping.
Jeremy’s defense attorneys Goldfarb and Kate Hardy declined to answer further questions after the hearing. Jeremy has pleaded not guilty. Deputy Dist. atty Paul Thompson, the lead prosecutor on the case, said outside court he had no knowledge of Jeremy’s condition and declined to comment further.
During Thursday’s hearing, Lomeli was scheduled to rule on a defense request to split the case against Jeremy into 21 separate trials, one for each accuser. In the motion, Jeremy’s attorneys argued that if so many accusers testified against Jeremy in a single trial, it would be impossible for him to receive a fair trial.
https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2022-03-17/case-against-ron-jeremy-suspended-after-lawyer-questions-porn-stars-mental-health Case against Ron Jeremy stayed over mental health issues