Porn legend Ron Jeremy has been banned from this weekend’s AVN Awards and Expo after admitting to sexual misconduct, according to media reports.
The adult-film actor’s admission of being a “groper” in a November statement to Rolling Stone was a violation of the AVN’s code of conduct, hence the ban. Jeremy has denied the more serious accusations levied against him, including rape.
Read a snippet of Jeremy’s lengthy statement in the fall to Rolling Stone below, addressing all sorts of allegations.
I have never and would never rape anyone. All serious allegations have been investigated by police and dismissed by judges, as have most of the accusations of “Groping.” I have never been charged nor spent one day in court for any of this. And these are old allegations. Check, Anything about me appearing in court or in jail, is public record. I was only arrested 20 years ago when I was fighting for Freedom Of Speech with Hal Freeman. The police who looked into the groping charges have always said that they watch the video from the event or whatever and that I did nothing wrong or illegal. They then ask if I want to press charges against The people making false accusations. I never have.
As for the charges of Groping, I say yes, I AM A GROPER. And by groper, I mean I get paid to show up to these shows, events, and photo shoots and touch the people and they touch me. I’m not the young stud I was, but I still draw a crowd. And we are talking about things that are within reason, in front of police officer’s and security that are always there as well as the tons of cameras And the general public. But seriously, if you were going to be around Ron Jeremy, wouldn’t you assume that I’d be a little bit touchy Feely? Yes. This is what I do for a living. I am not Kevin Spacey, Louis CK, Weinstein, or Cosby.
Read Jeremy’s full statement at the end of the Rolling Stone investigative piece here.
The AVN Awards, hosted by porn stars Angela White and Harli Lotts, will take place Saturday, January 27 at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. You know, without Jeremy.
Jeremy’s ban was first reported by The Blast. The porn star told the website that he believes the banning is unfair. Jeremy also reiterated that many of the more serious allegations against him “are lies.”
TheWrap did not immediately hear back from our requests for comment to AVN or Jeremy’s reps.