Sacto 9-1-1
September 21, 2011
Former gay porn actor Ryan Idol convicted of attempted murder

A Sacramento Superior Court jury convicted a one-time gay porn star Tuesday of attempted murder for smashing his girlfriend over the head with a toilet tank lid.

Marc Anthony Donais, 47, known in his x-rated movies as Ryan Idol, was taken into custody and held without bail after his conviction for the Sept. 5, 2009 attack in the woman's home on 48th Street in Sacramento.

According to testimony at trial, the 41-year-old woman had broken up with Donais, who claimed to be bisexual. She testified she moved out of their West Sacramento condo when he knocked on her door the night of the attack while she was taking a bath.

She told jurors she let Donais into the house and that he immediately told her he wanted to kill her. He testified at trial that he thought she had pulled a knife on him during their discussion in her bathroom and that he grabbed the toilet tank lid and hit her with it out of self defense.

Donais is a former model who once appeared as a centerfold in Playgirl magazine, according to assorted web sites. Several of the sites described him as a popular actor in gay pornographic films who appeared in several movies in the 1990s under his stage name of Ryan Idol.

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