Adult film star Ron Jeremy pleaded not guilty Friday to charges of raping three women and sexually assaulting another in separate attacks dating back to 2014.
The 67-year-old defendant — whose real name is Ronald Jeremy Hyatt — was ordered to remain jailed in lieu of $6.6 million bail, despite a defense request to lower the amount which had been set shortly before he was taken into custody Tuesday in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom.
He was charged Monday 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.
The defendant is accused of raping a 25-year-old woman at a home in West Hollywood in May 2014. He is also charged with raping a 33-year-old woman and sexually assaulting a 46-year-old woman on separate occasions at a West Hollywood bar in 2017 and raping a 30-year-old woman at the same bar last July, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said the case stemmed from a two-year investigation.
If convicted as charged, Jeremy could face a potential maximum sentence of 90 years to life in state prison, according to the District Attorney’s Office.
Prosecutors cited insufficient evidence to file a case against him in connection with an alleged incident in 2016.
He is due back in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom Aug. 31, when a date is scheduled to be set for a hearing to determine if there is sufficient evidence to allow the case against him to proceed to trial.
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