Women break silence, tell stories of rape and groping by Ron Jeremy over 2 decades

James Queally, Los Angeles Times on

Published in Entertainment News

LOS ANGELES -- Lianne Young still remembers in vivid detail the night Ron Jeremy snuck up behind her on the Sunset Strip.

The adult film actress who went by the name "Billie Britt" was wearing a bikini inside the former House Of Blues at a porn industry Halloween party when she said Jeremy shoved her onto a table and forced himself inside her.

The ordeal lasted only seconds -- Young says she fought Jeremy off -- but there were at least three other people from the industry in the room, she said. None of them reacted. It was the same when she told her story to colleagues years later.

"People were just like, 'that's Ron,'" said Young, now 45.

Fear of Jeremy's stature in the business also led adult entertainer Elle Hell to keep quiet after she says Jeremy attacked her in Chicago in 2014. Despite the fact that she broke down crying and repeatedly said "no," Elle alleges Jeremy forced oral sex on her and tried to rape her.

"You have everyday citizens who are already excusing and validating his sexual assaults because we work in an industry where we are 'whores,'" she said.


Los Angeles prosecutors charged Jeremy in late June with sexually assaulting four women in West Hollywood. Within days, prosecutors said they had been contacted by 25 women across the country who made allegations "ranging from misdemeanor sexual battery to rape" against the man who for decades was one of the porn industry's most visible celebrities, according to court records.

Following his arrest, the L.A. County Sheriff's Department has also received 30 allegations of forcible rape and groping against Jeremy involving incidents that took place in L.A. County since 2000, according to a law enforcement official who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the ongoing case.

The claims are part of the sheriff's department's investigation of Jeremy, but none have been presented to prosecutors for charging yet, the official said. It was not clear how many of the 30 claims received by the sheriff's department overlapped with the 25 new allegations detailed by prosecutors in court last month, though only 13 of those 25 claims took place in L.A. County.

Six additional women, including Young and Elle, have contacted the Los Angeles Times since Jeremy's arrest, describing interactions with him from unwanted touching to violent rape. The allegations span two decades and both coasts.


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