Several women have accused porn legend Ron Jeremy of sexual assault.
The allegations against Jeremy, which date back more than 30 years, gained traction when adult star Ginger Banks released a video in June 2017 detailing several allegations of sexual misconduct against Jeremy from other adult stars, as well as fans.
“For over 40 years fans and fellow performers pay money and wait in long lines to meet me. They want autographs, pictures, to flirt with me, physically grab me in different areas (usually my clothed penis), they ask me to touch them and many ask to have me sign their boobs,” he told Rolling Stone in a statement. “When I take photos with fans and other performers at these conventions, signings or events, I do sometimes kiss people on the lips or the cheek, sign boobs or whatever they want. There is ‘put on’ flirting and touching for the photos. This is exactly what people pay me for at conventions … If you watch these videos that Ginger Banks put out of me ‘groping,’ you see that everyone in the videos is laughing and ‘groping’ too. That I’m not running up to them, they come to me.”
“It turned into him basically sticking it in without me knowing it was happening,” Steele alleged. “I said flat-out no … He doesn’t hear no. He just kinda keeps going and pretends like you didn’t say anything.”
‘He doesn’t hear no. He just kinda keeps going and pretends like you didn’t say anything.’ - Jennifer Steele “During the whole photo shoot I was thinking, ‘Was I just raped? What the f—k just happened?'” Steele recalled. “[But] by the time the shoot was done, I had it in my head that I had somehow exaggerated it and it was an honest mistake.”
As a result, Steele says she agreed to stay at Jeremy’s apartment that night, but claims she told him she had a boyfriend and wouldn’t consent to any sexual activity with Jeremy and that he raped her again that night.
“This was after so many times of saying no and realizing that wasn’t gonna work,” Steele alleged, adding that she confronted him the next day. “I went completely livid. I broke down.”
Jeremy denied the allegations, telling the magazine, “Why would she decide to go to her rapist’s home? Give me a f—king break. It is just not true.”
Danica Dane accused Jeremy of sexually assaulting her at an expo in 2014; three other women (including adult film star Nina Hartley) confirmed that Dane had confided in them about the incident. Jeremy and another man who was in the room at the time of the alleged incident denied any non-consensual activity occurred.
Adult star Jay Taylor claimed that Jeremy digitally penetrated her while posing for a photo at an expo in 2013, which her boyfriend, who was taking the photo, confirmed. Jeremy denied the claim.
A journalist accused Jeremy of groping her breast and kissing her on the mouth without her consent at an expo in 2009; a co-worker present at the time of the alleged incident corroborated the journalist’s account of the events.
Another adult film star, Julia Ann, accused Jeremy of forcefully trying to give her a leg massage without her consent in 2011 at a Hedonism II convention in Jamaica. A colleague confirmed Ann had confided in him about the incident.
“I don’t fear him costing me work. He’s not in a position of power,” Ann explained. “What is more fearful to me and more upsetting to me is me saying something and everyone looking at me and going, ‘But that’s Ron.'”
Jeremy dismissed Ann’s claim, telling Rolling Stone, “Someone claimed that in Hedonism in Jamaica, which is a nudist swingers resort, I tried to massage their leg years ago? Why is this even in an article?”
None of the women named in Rolling Stone’s feature reported Jeremy’s alleged assaults to police or authorities, fearing that because they were