Woman claims she was raped by porn star Ron Jeremy on set of movie and while she slept in 1997

‘I wondered if he planned to kill me:’ Sex worker claims she was raped by disgraced porn star Ron Jeremy on set of movie and as she slept while she stayed at his house after he offered to get her into the adult industry in 1997

  •  Ron Jeremy has been indicted on 34 charges ranging from forcible rape to assault of girls as young as 15, during a span of 40 years
  • Jennifer Steele Mondello, from Tampa, Florida, said she will ‘never f***ing forget’ the day that she was allegedly raped by the adult entertainer 
  • He pleaded not guilty to all charges and was being held on $6.6million bail at the Twin Towers jail in Los Angeles
  • In March 2022, the disgraced porn star’s trial was suspended after questions were raised about his mental health and he failed to recognize his lawyer amid a ‘breakdown’ 

One of disgraced porn star Ron Jeremy’s alleged victims has spoken out about when she thought he was going to kill her while he raped her in the middle of the night.

Jennifer Steele Mondello, from Tampa, Florida, said she will ‘never f***ing forget’ the day she was allegedly raped by the adult entertainer as she explained her story for the first time since the incident in 1997.  

Mondello, who is a former adult performer known as Jennifer Steele, was introduced to the suspected sex pest by her manager as she tried to boost her career within the industry.

But she claims she faced a grueling night of rape and sexual assault at the hands of the then-powerful man – who is currently being held behind bars for similar crimes.  

Jeremy, 69, was charged with four counts of rape and sexual assault in August 2020, and another 20 counts of either rape or sexual assault over a span of 16 years, from 2004 to 2020, that involved 12 women and a 15-year-old girl.

Jennifer Steele Mondello, from Tampa, Florida, claims she was raped by the porn star in 1997 after he offered to help with her career and gave her a place to stay in his LA home

Jennifer Steele Mondello, from Tampa, Florida, claims she was raped by the porn star in 1997 after he offered to help with her career and gave her a place to stay in his LA home

Disgraced porn star Ron Jeremy (pictured in 2020), who's facing 34 sexual assault charges,  suffered a mental breakdown, just before his scheduled appearance at a downtown Los Angeles criminal court

Disgraced porn star Ron Jeremy (pictured in 2020), who’s facing 34 sexual assault charges,  suffered a mental breakdown, just before his scheduled appearance at a downtown Los Angeles criminal court

Upon further investigation, in 2020, he was indicted on more than 30 sexual assault counts involving 21 victims and currently is still awaiting trial.

Mondello told The Daily Beast in an interview that she met the porn star at Stars Cabaret – a strip club in Beaverton, Oregon, in December 1997. He said he would let her stay at his place in Los Angeles.

She said she made clear to him that there would be no sex between them as part of the deal.

The alleged victim said they were both at a ‘no-contact shoot’ at Hustler Studios when Jeremy took her into a bathroom because he was having a tough time getting an erection.

He then asked her to bend over ‘for a visual fluff’ so he could get aroused. Jeremy promised not to touch her, Mondello claims.  

The exotic dancer explained that she agreed and bent over to face the other way, but ‘Ron broke my trust and entered me.’

She quickly pushed herself away and he later convinced her that it was a ‘misunderstanding’ and told her it wouldn’t happen again, she said.

Jeremy has been indicted on 34 charges ranging from forcible rape to assault of girls as young as 15, during a span of 40 years

Jeremy has been indicted on 34 charges ranging from forcible rape to assault of girls as young as 15, during a span of 40 years

The disgraced adult star allegedly raped the woman while she stayed at his home in 1997

The disgraced adult star allegedly raped the woman while she stayed at his home in 1997

Having no other accommodation for the night and believing his apology, Mondello stayed at Jeremy’s LA home again.

However she claims he sexually assaulted her there, too.

Mondello told The Daily Beast in an interview: ‘He roused me out of my sleep to coerce me into letting him give me oral sex with the promise to leave me alone afterwards. He said I should appreciate everything he was doing for me.’

She said when she refused, he raped her ‘in my mouth, my vagina, and anally,’ which left her with long-lasting trauma.

The dancer claims he only stopped raping her after he saw she was crying and bleeding. 

Mondello added: ‘There were some moments I wondered if he planned to kill me, because how would a celebrity get away with doing this to people if I remained alive?

‘He stopped when he saw tears and blood, and at that point I was relieved I would live.’ 

She went on to explain that she did not come forward sooner because she thought people would have seen it ‘as a joke,’ because societal and cultural norms were very different in the late 90s. 

Mondello claims that she asked a police officer at the time if she had enough evidence to press charges, but based on the fact she was a sex worker, the cop said it wouldn’t have been worth her time.

The exotic dancer was only interviewed by the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office in 2020 – over two decades after the alleged crimes were committed. 

Speaking about the experience, she said: ‘I felt so good to tell somebody official who cared.

‘I can’t even describe the sense of full-circle. I was not one of the charging victims. I was one of the victim witnesses.’ 

She said that the porn star raped her 'in my mouth, my vagina, and anally,' which left her with long-lasting trauma

She said that the porn star raped her ‘in my mouth, my vagina, and anally,’ which left her with long-lasting trauma

Among the slew of allegations he is facing is an alleged sexual assaulted with a 15-year-old girl referred to as ‘Jane Doe 5’ in 2004, for penetrating her with a foreign object

Gene Ross, former executive editor of adult industry company AVN Publications, said ‘nobody wanted to believe’ the claims made against the porn star, hence why it took so many years for him to be prosecuted.  

Mondello said: ‘I’m glad that he’s locked up. It’s a big deal that it actually came to light that he was doing this because for a long time I just had people turn their backs on me.’

But she slammed the sex industry – adding that there has been little change from the alleged abuse she faced 20 years ago to now. 

She said: ‘These types of things are happening today, and there’s nothing the industry has done to change things, not that I can see.’ 

In March 2022, the disgraced porn star’s trial was suspended after questions were raised about his mental health and he failed to recognize his lawyer amid a ‘breakdown.’ 

Jeremy has been indicted on 34 charges ranging from forcible rape to assault of girls as young as 15, during a span of 40 years. 

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Prosecutors allege Jeremy – born Ronald Jeremy Hyatt – restrained some of the women and raped or sodomized them – and had sex with others who were sleeping or unconscious

Ron Jeremy, also known by his nickname ‘The Hedgehog,’ was born to a middle-class Jewish family in Queens, New York in 1953, according to his memoir Ron Jeremy: The Hardest (Working) Man in Showbiz.

He graduated from Benjamin N. Cardozo High School where he performed in theatrical productions including the musical Oklahoma, according to Village Voice.

According to his IMDB biography, Jeremy earned a masters degree from Queens College and became a special education teacher in the New York City area. 

He eventually left teaching to pursue becoming an actor on Broadway, and in 1978 had first brush with pornography when a girlfriend sent his photo to Playgirl magazine for appearance in its ‘Boy Next Door’ pages.

Jeremy has since been listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for ‘Most Appearances in Adult Films’ and won several adult film acting awards.

He has been listed as having 2,542 performance credits in the Internet Adult Film Database. He has directed an additional 296 adult films.

Jeremy, who was active as a porn star from 1979 until 2018, has also acted in a number of mainstream films and television series, including appearances in Ghostbusters and The Boondock Saints.

He has also competed on Wheel of Fortune and appeared in a segment of The Chappelle Show, and numerous music videos for artists including Kid Rock, Moby, Guns & Roses and Sublime.

Jeremy has also had several business endeavors including opening a swingers nightclub in Portland, Oregon which closed in 2015. 

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He pleaded not guilty to all charges and was being held on $6.6million bail at the Twin Towers jail in Los Angeles since his arrest in June 2020. 

At a hearing earlier this year, his defense team filed a motion asking for separate trials for each of the 21 women who’ve accused him. 

His lawyers – Goldfarb and Kate Hardie – argued that the sheer number and varying nature of the allegations, which also include drugging women for sex and digital penetration, requires separate trials. 

Among the slew of allegations he is facing is an alleged sexual assaulted with a 15-year-old girl referred to as ‘Jane Doe 5’ in 2004, for penetrating her with a foreign object.

Another girl, 17 – ‘Jane Doe 22’ – allegedly was raped by him in 2008 at a home in Woodland Hills near LA.

In one of the first allegations against him, prosecutors claim he raped a 19-year-old woman during a photo shoot in the San Fernando Valley in 1996.

Later, he raped a 26-year-old woman at a party in a nightclub in LA in October 2000, officials said.

The indictment against him alleges that Jeremy ‘unlawfully’ had sexual intercourse with ‘Jane Doe 19’ in 2000 by means of ‘force, violence, duress, menace or fear of immediate and unlawfully bodily injury.’

He also was accused of sexually assaulting another woman at a strip club in City of Industry at some point between 2002 and 2003.

Another woman, 21 – ‘Jane Doe 23’ – went to Jeremy’s home in 2010 and said she was sexually assaulted there.

In 2013, Jeremy allegedly sexually assaulted a 38-year-old woman at one of his regular haunts, The Rainbow Bar and Grill, where several of his sex attacks happened, say prosecutors.

The West Hollywood bar on famous Sunset Strip is a popular hangout for rock ‘n roll stars and movie actors.

In an exclusive interview with DailyMail.com earlier this year, Charity Carson-Hawke, 46, said that in May 2020 Jeremy pinned her against a hotel bathroom wall, grabbed her breasts, and tried to force her to touch his penis.

Hawke, a Florida property manager, who had been close friends with Jeremy since 1996, reported him to police, sparking the investigation and arrest that prompted dozens of other women to come forward to law enforcement.

She also sued the ex-porn actor in civil court, a case which Jeremy’s lawyers agreed to settle this month for a ‘substantial’ undisclosed sum, believed to be over $1million.

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