On the eve of what was supposed to be Ken Ryker’s “comeback tour” of gay bars across the country, the troubled yet well hung former gay porn star is behind bars in a South Dakota jail.
Ryker had promised fans that he would be hitting the gym and the tanning salon in the build up to his Cocktails With The Stars appearance on May 5th (this coming Thursday), but he decided to hit the bottle and drive his car off the side of a road instead.
[Ryker], 38, was traveling on U.S. Highway 16, about 10 miles west of Custer, when his Hyundai Santa Fe left the road about 10:30 p.m., according to South Dakota Highway Patrol Trooper Shann Barrick.
The vehicle struck the rock wall on the right side of the road, rolled and then traveled down the hill on the left side of the road about 50 feet, Barrick said.
Alcohol was a factor in the accident, and [Ryker] was cited for driving under the influence, Barrick said.
[Ryker] was taken to Custer Regional Hospital with minor injuries, Barrick said.
That was back on April 10th, and this morning I spoke with Ryker’s manager, David Forest. Forest confirmed both the report and the speculation that Ryker would not be able to make this week’s Cocktails. If one DUI and some cuts and bruises doesn’t sound like a good enough excuse to cancel an appearance, that’s because this isn’t Ryker’s first DUI. It’s his third. This year.
According to Forest, Ryker is being held without bail, and will (hopefully) be sentenced to inpatient rehab for about six months, as opposed to prison.
Ryker will go to court next on May 17. He expects that he’ll be sent directly to an alcohol treatment program. After a few months, he’ll be able to leave each day for work. He should be out before Thanksgiving. He’s only going to miss the Micky’s appearance AND one in Detroit on May 13th. There were also some “private meetings” that we’ll have to try and re-schedule later this year. I think this is a “wake-up alarm” for Ken.
The Sword sincerely wishes Ken Ryker well, both in the treatment of his substance abuse and the rescheduling of his escorting clients.