Los Angeles County authorities have received 25 new complaints of sexual misconduct against Ron Jeremy this week, including 13 that may have taken place in Southern California, a prosecutor said in court Friday.
While arguing over a motion to reduce bail for the adult film star — who was charged Tuesday with sexually assaulting four women in West Hollywood — Deputy Dist. Atty. Paul Thompson disclosed the new complaints in a downtown courtroom.
Thompson said it is "certainly possible" the new claims could lead to additional charges, and noted the claims ranged from groping to overt acts of sexual violence. The allegations were all received by law enforcement officials after news broke that Jeremy was being prosecuted, Thompson said.
Jeremy surrendered to authorities Tuesday after the Los Angeles County district attorney's office charged him with eight counts of forcible rape, forcible oral copulation and sexual battery stemming from allegations made by four women between 2014 and 2019. He pleaded not guilty to those charges on Friday and his attorney, Stuart Goldfarb, has said that Jeremy "never, in his life, had sex with a female through force or duress."
Investigators with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said they launched an investigation into Jeremy after an allegation of rape was made last summer. Cmdr. Carlos Marquez said Jeremy used his public persona to gain access to the victims and then took advantage while they were intoxicated. The sheriff's department presented its case to prosecutors on Monday.
Jeremy has been accused of sexual assault by multiple women in recent years — including adult film stars Danica Dane, Jennifer Steele and Jay Taylor — but has denied the allegations. A 2017 Rolling Stone article detailed allegations levied by at least a dozen women.
Goldfarb said "all sorts of claims come pouring in" when an allegation of wrongdoing against a celebrity gains media attention, and tried to downplay the nature of the allegations contained in the criminal complaint as non-violent. He also claimed the head of security at the Rainbow Room on the Sunset Strip, which is known to be one of Jeremy's favorite haunts, will refute a rape allegation made by a woman there in 2019.
Thompson scoffed at that, saying two of the four women named in the criminal complaint allege Jeremy followed them into the bathroom of a bar and trapped them there before assaulting them.
L.A. Superior Court Judge Miguel Espinoza denied Goldfarb's motion, and Jeremy will remain jailed in lieu of $6.6 million bail. He is due back in court in late August.