The ongoing rape trial for former porn star Ron Jeremy has been paused indefinitely so that Jeremy can undergo a full psychiatric evaluation. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge George Lomeli made the announcement on Thursday after an “incoherent” Jeremy failed to appear in court despite being held in the same building, Rolling Stone reports.
- Jeremy’s mental state is even concerning to his lawyer. Attorney Stuart Goldfarb told the court that Jeremy is in no state to face a trial at the moment. “I was just up in the cell where he was being kept, and I tried to get his attention unsuccessfully,” Goldfarb said. “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.” The bailiff confirmed Goldfarb’s story. He noted that Jeremy seemed “incoherent” and was “not obeying commands.”
- Judge Lomeli ordered a full competency evaluation. That was due to be completed on April 1, with a hearing rescheduled for April 19 to update the court on the results of the evaluation as well as the overall status of the case. This is a significant pushback on the previous schedule, as Lomeli had been due to rule on a heavily-contested motion presented by the defense last week.
- Jeremy and Goldfarb wanted 21 separate trials. Instead of combining all 21 victims into a single trial, the defense wanted to petition to try each count separately. They believed that hearing all the evidence together as part of a single trial would sway the jury, but prosecutors and victim’s rights advocates have pushed back on this assertion.
- Jeremy was officially charged in October 2020. He faces a slew of charges including 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; two counts of sexual penetration of an unconscious or asleep person; one count of lewd act upon a child under the age of 14 or 15; one count of sodomy by use of force; and one count of assault with intent to commit rape.