Jeremy, 68, whose legal name is Ronald Jeremy Hyatt, pleaded not guilty on Wednesday in Los Angeles Superior Court to all of the allegations, which include 12 counts of rape. The indictment, which was released on August 19 and unsealed on Wednesday, covers allegations dating from 1996 to 2019 with victims aged 15 to 51. The charges appear to be the same as the charges against Jeremy last year, which he also denied.
In a tactical move also employed in their case against Harvey Weinstein, LA County prosecutors used secret grand jury proceedings to obtain an indictment that supersedes the original charges, allowing them to skip a public preliminary hearing on the charges. evidence and go to trial.
Defense attorney Stuart Goldfarb said in an email that “Jeremy’s position is the same as when the criminal complaint was filed. He is innocent of all charges ”.
Jeremy has been held on bail for US $ 6.6 million since his arrest in June 2020.
The indictment includes allegations that Jeremy raped a 19-year-old woman at a photoshoot in 1996, raped a 26-year-old woman at a nightclub in 2003 and raped a 17-year-old girl in a nightclub. house in 2008.
He is also accused of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl in 2004.
No trial date has been set. Jeremy was asked to return to court in October for a preliminary hearing.
Nicknamed “The Hedgehog,” Jeremy has been among the best known and most prolific artists in the porn industry for decades, appearing in hundreds of films since the 1970s. He has also made regular appearances in major films. audience and in reality TV shows.
Along with Weinstein, he is one of the few men investigated and indicted by a district attorney task force trained to tackle sexual misconduct in the entertainment industry as the #MeToo era was gaining momentum at the end of 2017.
Weinstein has pleaded not guilty to 10 counts of sexual assault and is also awaiting trial. A judge dismissed an 11th count.