’90s Gay Porn Superstar Convicted of Murder Attempt in Assault on Ex-Girlfriend
A Superior Court in Sacramento convicted Ryan Idol, a star of gay adult films in the 1990s, of attempted murder in the assault of an ex-girlfriend. A jury returned the verdict on Sept. 20, Adult Video News reported the following day.
Ryan Idol is the stage name of actor Marc Anthony Donais, who largely left adult film work behind when he started a career as a theater actor.
AVN, trade newspaper for the porn industry, reported that the victim, who was only identified as a 41-year-old woman, had broken up with Idol when he appeared at her home in West Sacramento, Calif., on Sept. 5, 2009. The woman claimed that Idol entered her home, declared that he wanted to kill her, and then struck her with the lid from the toilet. The lid broke during the attack, leaving her with deep scalp cuts, the article said.
Idol refuted her version of events, claiming that he feared for his life and was only trying to fend off what he thought was an imminent knife attack from the woman.
Even after Idol stopped making gay porn films he would still revisit that milieu, the article noted, saying that he made "several appearances starting in 2006 at Cocktails With the Stars, the weekly in-person porn star event held at Micky’s nightclub in West Hollywood, Calif. His last appearance at Cocktails was in May of this year."
Idol, who has said that he "can love a man and I can love a woman" as well, appeared in 1989 as a Playgirl centerfold, under his own name, a Wikipedia article reports. His career in gay porn spanned 1990 to 1996.
In 1998, Idol fell three stories from his apartment window in New York to the ground below. Idol indicted that he had been intoxicated at the time of the fall, saying that "the drugs and alcohol took over."
Idol relocated to New Hampshire and began to pursue a career in the theater, garnering praise for his performances, which included roles in Broadway productions.
Idol and the former girlfriend first met in Hawaii on vacation. They became a couple, but the woman called it off in 1992 after finding out that Idol was a gay porn star. But in 2008, after Idol began to work as a theater actor on Broadway, she initiated a renewal of their relationship.