Ron Jeremy Ordered to Undergo Psychiatric Evaluations Ahead of Rape Trial

Ron Jeremy has been ordered by a judge to undergo psychiatric evaluations, after officials said he was "incoherent" at a court hearing on Thursday.

The former adult film star, 69, who is set to stand trial in six weeks' time on 34 counts of sexual assault involving 21 complainants, was unable to recognize his own lawyer ahead of a key hearing at Los Angeles Superior Court.

"I was just up in the cell where he was being kept, and I tried to get his attention unsuccessfully," Jeremy's defense lawyer, Stuart Goldfarb, said in court, per Rolling Stone.

"He was unable to determine who I was and wouldn't accommodate both myself and the bailiff to fit into the wheelchair to come down here," Goldfarb went on. "I don't think he should be forced to come down here under these circumstances."

Judge George Lomeli, who said the bailiff told the court Jeremy was "incoherent" and "not obeying commands," then announced that he would suspend the proceedings.

The case was subsequently sent to a mental health court for an April 1 hearing, with a criminal court hearing scheduled for April 19.

Lomeli said he hoped by that date "evaluations done by a psychiatrist on each side regarding the issues of competency" would clarify the direction of the case.

Jeremy, real name Ronald Jeremy Hyatt, last summer pleaded not guilty to multiple sexual assault charges, which are alleged to have spanned more than two decades.

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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. Jeremy, whose real name is Ronald Jeremy Hyatt, has been ordered by a judge to undergo psychiatric evaluations after he was described as "incoherent" at a court hearing on March 17, 2022. David McNew/Getty Images

The porn star, who has appeared in more than 2,000 adult films since the 1970s, has remained behind bars since he was arrested in the summer of 2020.

Per Rolling Stone, court documents accuse Jeremy of using his reputation as an industry veteran to put women at ease before luring them into the secluded areas, where he would allegedly forcibly assault them.

According to the complainants, who range in age from 15 to 51, most of the alleged assaults are said to have taken place at West Hollywood's Rainbow Bar and Grill, where Jeremy had VIP access to employee areas.

The focus of Thursday's court hearing was Jeremy's request to have his case separated into 21 trials.

His defense motion reads: "Allowing Mr. Hyatt's jury to hear about dozens of allegations of alleged misconduct will prevent his jurors from judging him fairly on each charged count and from scrupulously applying the burden of proof."

Opposing the motion, Jeremy's prosecutors say that the offenses are "connected by a common plan" and involve the same class of crimes. As such, they would involve overlapping witnesses and be cross-admissible in separate trials.

According to the prosecution, eight of the 21 complainants have alleged that they were assaulted by Jeremy "using very similar methods" at the aforementioned Rainbow Bar and Grill.

Assistant District Attorney Marlene Martinez said in her office's opposition filing, per Rolling Stone: "More important to the people than the time of the jurors or court is the risk of re-traumatization inherent in having sexual assault victims testify repeatedly."

The response said: "In all 21 cases, the defendant preyed on victims that were vulnerable and unable to fight back. Whether that was by isolating the women in a bathroom, in a bedroom, at his friend's house, in a parking lot or by perpetrating a surprise attack upon them, the defendant never gave the women an opportunity to fight back as he sexually assaulted them.

"The only way to prevent a substantial waste of court time, juror time and victim and witness time is to have a joint trial."

Jeremy pleaded not guilty to 12 counts of forcible rape, seven counts of forcible oral copulation, six counts of sexual battery by restraint, and four counts of sexual penetration by a foreign object, per the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office.

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Ron Jeremy attends the screening and benefit party for "Gods In Shackles" at Harmony Gold Theater on June 19, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. Jeremy has been accused of using his status as an industry professional to put women at ease before sexually assaulting them. Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic