JOURNEY drummer Deen Castronovo was high on an overdose of methamphetamine at the time of his June 14 arrest on charges that he assaulted a woman, it was revealed during a bail hearing.
According to the Statesman Journal, an Oregon judge has denied bail for Castronovo, who was arrested again on June 29 on a grand jury indictment which charged him with five counts of fourth-degree assault, one count of first-degree rape, two counts of menacing, one count of unlawful use of a weapon, one count of second-degree assault, one count of second-degree sex abuse, one count of coercion, one count of second-degree criminal mischief, and three counts of contempt of court.
Marion County Deputy District Attorney Jennifer Gardiner said during Wednesday's hearing that Castronovo threw the woman into a wall 14 times, pulled her hair and forced her to have sex with him.
After being released on $20,000 bail on June 15, Castronovo called the victim 35 times and sent her 122 text messages, despite being under a court order to have no contact with her.
As the details were being read, Castronovo "talked to himself and sometimes looked toward the ceiling," according to the Statesman Journal. "He appeared weary and took deep breaths and seemed to shake. At one point Castronovo wobbled and nearly fell over. Three deputies helped him to sit in a chair as he closed his eyes."
Two of Castronovo's voice mails were played during the hearing. On one of them, he said, "I'm sorry, [victim's name]. You should call me. On Friday you will be forcibly removed from my house. My life is ruined. You didn't have to call the cops. I've suffered and now you're going to suffer. I love you." On the other, he threatened to kill himself and begged the police for "some [expletive] help. You think this is a joke? I'm sick and I need help!"
It was also revealed that, upon Castronovo's arrest on June 14, he was first taken to Salem Hospital because he had overdosed on methamphetamine.
Castonovo's attorney, Jeffrey Jones, brought in two of the drummer's ex-wives, both of whom said there had been no reports of domestic abuse while they were involved in relationships with him. Jones also mentioned his history of community involvement, including donating $10,000 to help rebuild a local school's band room following a fire a few months ago.
Read the full report at StatesmanJournal.com.