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1990s gay porn superstar Ryan Idol sentenced to 12 years in prison

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Famed 1990s gay porn superstar Ryan Idol, aka Marc Anthony Donais, was sentenced to 12 years in prison on Wednesday for battering his ex-girlfriend in the head with a toilet tank lid.

Donais, who turned 46 while in prison, was convicted of attempted murder in the brutal attack at the woman’s home on Sept. 5, 2009. The woman and the adult film star, who identifies as bisexual although he performed in gay porn, had broken up before the domestic violence incident.

According to the Sacramento Bee, the victim testified that:

Donais entered the woman's apartment the night of Sept. 5, 2009, and told her, "I came over here to kill you." The two had been involved in a relationship, but the woman -- whose name is being withheld because she is a domestic violence victim -- said she cut it off when she caught him having sex with his male lover.
The woman said Donais stormed into her bathroom while she was taking a bath of her 48th Street residence and began to beat her with the porcelain lid until "I felt blood gushing down my shoulders."

During the trial, Donais testified that he thought his ex-girlfriend had a knife when they were in the bathroom, where she was taking a bath. He said he hit the woman in self-defense. Jurors, however, didn't buy his argument.

Donais was sentenced by Sacramento Superior Court Judge Troy L. Nunley about one year after his September 2011 conviction by a Sacramento Superior Court jury.

Ryan Idol got his first big break when he appeared as the "Man of the Month" centerfold in the Playgirl issues of February 1989. He was considered a major gay porn star from 1990 to 1996, when he retired. His X-rated film titles include "Idol Eyes," "Idol Worship," "Idle Thoughts," "Idol Country" and "Idol In The Sky."