Adult film star Ron Jeremy was charged Monday with 20 new counts of rape or sexual assault involving 12 women and a teenage girl, authorities said.
The charges come two months after Jeremy, 67, was charged with the rape of three women and the sexual assault of a fourth.
Jeremy pleaded not guilty to the new charges in Los Angeles Superior Court on Monday morning and had already denied the previous allegations.
Jeremy, whose legal name is Ronald Jeremy Hyatt, has been jailed on $ 6.6 million bail since June.
The new charges cover 16 years, from 2004 to January of this year, when he is accused of sexually assaulting a 21-year-old girl outside a business in Hollywood, the district attorney’s office said.
The charges include five counts of forced rape and six counts of forced sexual violence. They also include an allegation that he sexually assaulted a 15-year-old girl at a party in 2004.
After the previous charges were laid, Jeremy’s attorney, Stuart Goldfarb, said he was “absolutely innocent”. Goldfarb did not immediately respond to an email requesting comment on the new accounts.
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department investigators called for more potential victims to come forward when the first charges were laid in June.
The combined charges could result in sentences of more than 250 years in prison.
Jeremy, nicknamed “The Hedgehog”, has been one of the best-known and most prolific artists in the adult film industry since the 1970s.
He was investigated and indicted by a District Attorney’s Task Force formed to tackle sexual misconduct in the entertainment industry as the #MeToo era took hold. magnitude at the end of 2017.