Adult star Ron Jeremy to be deemed incompetent to face rape trial for 30 claims

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    Porn star Ron Jeremy is set to be declared incompetent to stand trial despite facing multiple allegations of rape against him.

    Jeremy, 69, born Ronald Jeremy Hyatt, faces accusations of rape and sexual assault from 21 women.

    He was indicted on 30 counts of sexual abuse in total, with some alleged victims as young as 15.

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    However, Jeremy is reportedly suffering from "severe dementia" and now likely won't face the charges, according to an LA County prosecutor in an email obtained by the Los Angeles Times.

    The former adult star was first charged in June 2020 with raping four women. Then, dozens of women came forward and claimed Jeremy had been abusing women at parties or on porn sets for decades.

    His charges include 12 counts of forcible rape, seven counts of forcible oral copulation, six counts of sexual battery by restraint, four counts of sexual penetration by a foreign object and two counts of sexual penetration of an unconscious or asleep person.

    He initially pleaded not guilty.

    LA County Deputy District Attorney Paul Thompson wrote in an email that mental health experts called on by Jeremy's defence concluded that he has severe dementia.

    He added that there is no evidence he is faking his symptoms.

    According to the Los Angeles Times, Thompson wrote: "As a result of the agreement of the experts, the defendant will be declared incompetent to stand trial… his prognosis for improvement is not good.

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    "If he does not improve, we will not be able to try him for his crimes. Because criminal proceedings are suspended as long as he is incompetent, we also cannot get a guilty plea from him or discuss other measures to get justice for the victims in this case."

    Some of Jeremy's family members were said to have suspected he had dementia for some time.

    He is currently being held on $6.6million (£5.5m) bail at the Twin Towers Correctional Facility but will likely be placed in a state-run hospital once declared incompetent.

    If you or somebody you know has been affected by this story, contact Victim Support for free, confidential advice on 08 08 16 89 111 or visit their website, www.victimsupport.org.uk.

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