Former gay porn star Ryan Idol – real name Marc Anthony Donais – has asked for a new trial of his 2011 attempted murder conviction.

Last September, Idol was convicted of attempting to murder a former girlfriend by smashing a toilet tank lid over her head during a heated September 5, 2009 altercation in her Sacramento, California home.

The 46-year-old Idol's sentencing hearing is set for September 21.

He has filed a motion for a retrial, claiming “ineffective assistance of counsel.”

“I just hope I can put this whole unfortunate episode behind me and get on with my life,” Idol said in a statement. “I've made some big mistakes and let myself and others down, but I'm always amazed at how many people remember me and wish me well. My gay fans, in particular, are an amazing source of support and I really appreciate their thoughts and prayers.”

During last year's trial, the woman testified that Idol knocked on the door of the West Sacramento condo they once shared while she was taking a bath and immediately told her he wanted to kill her upon entering the home. Idol told jurors that he thought she had pulled a knife on him and that he grabbed the toilet tank lid and smashed it on her head out of self defense.

Idol's 1990 debut in Idol Eyes kicked off his gay porn career and helped make Director Matt Sterling's Huge Video one of the best known and most successful gay pornographic production companies.

He would continue to headline big-budget porn films for the next six years. In 1999, Idol made his stage debut, starring in the play Making Porn. He made his Broadway debut in the 2007 revival of Terrence McNally's The Ritz.