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Porn star charged with rape, faces 90 years in prison

Those familiar with the porn industry will not be surprised by these allegations. Rape and other forms of sexual brutality have long been the porn industry’s open secret.
Mon Jun 29, 2020 - 6:42 pm EST
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Ron Jeremy appears for arraignment on rape and sexual assault charges at Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center on June 26, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. The 67-year-old defendant could face up to 90 years to life in state prison if convicted as charged. Photo by David McNew / Getty Images

June 29, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – In one of the least surprising stories of 2020, it turns out that an industry that makes its millions trafficking in rape, sexual torture, and the degradation of women has produced yet another sexual predator. The 67-year-old Ron Jeremy, one of the world’s most famous porn stars, has been formally charged with one count of forcible oral copulation and sexual battery, and three counts of forcible rape and forcible penetration with a foreign object. In total, he has been accused of sexually assaulting one woman and raping three others. Jeremy, whose real name is Ronald Jeremy Hyatt, pleaded not guilty to all crimes on June 27 in a Los Angeles courtroom.

The allegations against Jeremy are ugly. According to prosecutors, the aging porn star is a serial predator, having raped a 25-year-old woman at a home in West Hollywood in May 2014, and perpetrating two sexual assaults—one against a 46-year-old woman, and another against a 33-year-old woman—at a bar in the same area in 2017. He is also accused of raping a 30-year-old woman at the same West Hollywood bar in July of 2019. Jeremy claims through his attorney Stuart Goldfarb that he is “absolutely innocent of the charges,” and faces up to 90 years in prison if convicted. LA County sheriff’s detectives say they have been investigating allegations against Jeremy for two years. 

Jeremy, who appeared in court last Friday in an orange jumpsuit, also took to Twitter to defend himself, claiming that “I am innocent of all charges. I can’t wait to prove my innocence in court! Thank you to everyone for all the support.” His next court hearing is scheduled for August 31, and a judge set his bail at $6.6 million. According to the district attorney’s office, the investigation into Ron Jeremy is ongoing, and one case, from 2016, has already been declined by prosecutor’s for lack of evidence. 

More may be coming. As anti-porn activist Laila Mickelwait observed on Twitter: “Ron Jeremy was charged with raping and sexually assaulting multiple women. He also has almost 600 videos under his Pornhub ‘pornstar’ profile. How many of them are actually rape crime [scenes]? How much money did Pornhub make off of this rapist?”

Those familiar with the porn industry will not be surprised by these allegations. Rape and other forms of sexual brutality have long been the porn industry’s open secret. A few years ago, porn performer James Deen was also accused of a string of sexual assaults, and he openly defended his vicious slapping of one girl during a sex scene as par for the course on porn sets. Violence against women is not a by-product of porn. These days, it is often the point of porn. According to one major porn producer: “The future of American porn is pain.” 

The porn industry often attempts to defend itself by trotting out spokespeople to assure everyone that the women getting beaten up, tortured, and degraded are just fine and enjoying it all. Six years ago, the 18-year-old Miriam Weeks aka “Belle Knox” went on CNN, assuring everyone that porn was “feminist” and “empowering” and “the way the world should be.” Shortly thereafter, when a video emerged of the slender teenager getting slapped across the face, choked by a muscular male, and called vile names, Weeks admitted that the porn industry isn’t all that it’s cracked up to be.

“The sex industry has a way of making you very cynical and very bitter,” a tired-looking Weeks told one interviewer, “In a way I’ve started to become kind of a bit bitter and a bit cynical. It teaches you to be street smart and not to trust people…I’m so used to being on the lookout for scammers, people who are going to try [to] pimp me out or traffic me. I think my experiences have aged me. I don’t have the mind of an eighteen-year-old. I have the emotional baggage of someone much, much older than me.”

It is a fact that our culture consumes, for entertainment and sexual pleasure, pornographic images of women and girls being physically destroyed on-screen. Our young boys are growing up with a taste for rape and female pain, and this is twisting them in horrible ways. The allegations against Ron Jeremy are not surprising. It would only be surprising if there were not many, many more just like him—and scores of imitators in bedrooms across the continent, seeking to act out what they have been weaned on since puberty. 

Jonathon’s new podcast, The Van Maren Show, is dedicated to telling the stories of the pro-life and pro-family movement. In his latest episode, he interviews famed Chesterton scholar and founder of the Chesterton society and the Chesterton schools, Dale Ahlquist. They discusss what G.K. Chesterton would think of the riots happening in the United States and the current state of the world.

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