Porn legend Ron Jeremy’s fame rests squarely at the curious American crossroads of sex and celebrity.

For 39 years, and a staggering 2,500 videos, the Queens native was porn’s everyman.

If the Hedgehog can get the girl, why can’t I? But porn is a fantasy and, apparently, somewhere along the way the 67-year-old former special needs teacher allegedly forgot that.

Jeremy has pleaded not guilty in Los Angeles to charges of raping three women and sexually assaulting a fourth. He is charged with three counts each of forcible rape and forcible penetration by a foreign object and one count each of forcible oral copulation and sexual battery, the LA district attorney’s office said Tuesday.

More charges are reportedly in the pipeline. The allegations against him have not been tested in court. He is being held on $6.6 million bail.

Charity Hawke was friends with the star of Night of the Living Bed, Love Potion 69, A Star is Porn and countless others for more than 24 years.


Travels with the Hedgehog. Charity Hawke was friends with Ron Jeremy for more than 24 years. No more.

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CHARITY HAWKE

“Ron and I were really good friends for a really long time, always platonic, but good friends,” Hawke told the Toronto Sun.

But in early May, the Tampa real estate agent drove to California to see a troubled friend. She said she called Jeremy to get together for a drink.

He was staying at the Highland Gardens Hotel in West Hollywood. Come over, he allegedly said in a “pleading” manner.

Without going into details at the behest of the LAPD, Hawke claims she was sexually assaulted by the portly porn star.

After the incident in May, Jeremy tried calling Hawke around 30 times she said. She rebuffed him.

She returned to Florida, angry and hurt, and after a couple of days, she picked up the phone and called the cops.

“He doesn’t care what he does to these women. I was totally shocked, we were really good friends and there was never anything sexual about it,” she said from her home in Tampa, Fla., adding her case remains under investigation.

Hawke met Jeremy in a moment of tabloid kismet: She was once married to the brother of John Wayne Bobbitt (Frankenpenis) whose ex-wife Lorena separated the one-time U.S. Marine from his penis.

“We were flying to Dallas with John when he came to me and said, ‘someone wants to meet you’,” Hawke said. “I was a preacher’s kid and knew nothing of the porn world. I tried not to judge Ron and we became friends.”

She even went on the road with Jeremy in a series called Porn vs. Preach where the odd couple would debate the smut business.


Charity Hawke and Ron Jeremy. A friendship fractured.

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CHARITY HAWKE

“What you have to remember about Ron is that he doesn’t drink, he doesn’t do drugs but he is addicted to attention,” Hawke said.

Over the years, as his celebrity quotient climbed, Hawke had a birdseye view of how Jeremy moves in this world. Typically, scads of attractive women wanted to meet him just to say they had.

She added that she never condoned what he did for a living.

“It’s a really seedy world and we had disagreements over it. A lot of the women turn to prostitution or are drug-addicted and come from really horrible backgrounds,” she said, adding she “never judged” the performers and indeed helped some women leave the smut business.

One instance of Jeremy’s notoriety came in 2018 while he and Hawke were drinking in LA’s famed Rainbow Room. Hawke’s female friend was anxious to meet Jeremy.

“They vanished for 20 or 30 minutes … I saw them walking out of the kitchen. Ron said he was showing her the VIP bathroom. I knew what had happened and never to this day has my friend talked about it,” Hawke said.

 


Charity Hawke said she and Jeremy were only ever friends.

“Ron has always been very smart, clever and fun to be around. He’s very intelligent but that night in May, I saw something different,” Hawke said.

“He’s not the same man. He’s not my friend. Ron is a man who is deteriorating second by second. He is an empty man, evil, possessed.”

Hawke added: “Ron is out of the porn business now but he feels he’s entitled to act like he does because of who he is.”

In 2010, Hawke introduced her sister Holly to the Hedgehog during a trip to Las Vegas.

“My sister wanted to meet Ron… I had kept him away from her for years. We were at Body English and Ron was all over Holly. She was starstruck,” Hawke said.

Then they disappeared for a long time. Jeremy told Hawke to stay where she was.

“They came through the kitchen and my sister seemed really upset. I put two and two together,” she said.

“In 2014, my beautiful sister committed suicide. I’m not saying what happened at Body English with Ron was the reason but I believe in my heart it was one of them.”

And Ron Jeremy? He is in the crossfire at that peculiar American crossroads of sex and celebrity.

Shredded like so much chintz.

bhunter@postmedia.com

@HunterTOSun

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