LOS ANGELES — Free Speech Coalition, the national trade association for the adult entertainment industry, is officially rescinding an award granted by the organization to Ron Jeremy in 2009.

While reviewing historical records, FSC discovered an award had been presented to Jeremy at a Free Speech Coalition ceremony in November 2009.

“We have now heard multiple accounts, both publicly and in confidence, from upset, angry performers about encounters with Ron Jeremy that ranged from groping to assault,” said Eric Paul Leue. “In an interview following the allegations, Jeremy dismissed the accounts or made excuses. We can not honor someone who refuses to take his colleagues’ right to consent seriously.”   

FSC published a statement earlier this week standing in solidarity with performers who come forward with stories of assault, harassment and rape.

“We felt it important to send a clear signal that we  recognize how challenging it can often be to speak up,” said Leue.