Journey Drummer Held Without Bail on Rape Charges: Deen Castronovo 'Quite Frankly, Is Unstable,' Says Prosecutor
He allegedly texted the victim 122 times and called her 35 times
Journey drummer Deen Castronovo was denied bail in Salem, Oregon, on Tuesday, where he’s charged with rape, assault and unlawful use of a dangerous weapon.
Castronovo, 50, was initially arrested on June 14 on charges of fourth-degree assault and menacing for injuring a woman, then was released after posting bail. He was indicted on new charges Tuesday, including having “forcible” sexual intercourse with the victim, who is not being identified.
Prosecutors say that since his release, Castronovo allegedly texted the woman in question 122 times and called her 35 times, even going so far as to admit that his behavior was abusive in texts and advising her to get a restraining order, the Associated Press reports.
Castronovo “quite frankly, is unstable,” Marion County Deputy District Attorney Jennifer Gardiner said.
She added: “The texts ranged from threats to kill himself, that she hates him, that he hates her. They were sorrowful and vengeful – several also said he wanted to see her suffer for what ‘she has done’ to him.”
Gardiner told the judge that if bail were set, Castronovo would violate the terms of his release, according to the Statesman Journal. “He will disregard the court order,” she said. “His continued threats and contact presents a risk to be released.” The judge agreed and denied the drummer bail.
Castronovo, who was previously arrested for harassing an ex-girlfriend in 2012, did not enter a plea to the various charges. In the 2012 case, he was ordered to perform 80 hours of community service and attend anger management classes.
The drummer has been dropped from Journey while he resolves his various legal issues, the band announced in a Facebook post June 18. Omar Hakim will replace him for the time being. Castronovo himself replaced original drummer Steve Smith back in 1998.
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