Journey drummer Deen Castronovo has been denied bail by an Oregon judge, after the veteran rocker was arrested for the second time in a two week period on charges of rape, sexual abuse and assault. Details emerged at a bail hearing held July 1 in Marion County, Oregon, that the musician had allegedly engaged in repeated acts of physical and sexual violence over the course of week along with suicide threats and drug abuse.
According to an article posted July 2 at Statesman Journal, Marion County Circuit Judge Channing Bennett ordered that Castonovo remain in custody without bail, citing that he was still a danger to the victim. The ex-Bad English member was initially arraigned and made bail on charges of misdemeanour assault and menacing, but has since been indicted by a grand jury for rape, sexual abuse, coercion, as well as weapons charges and awaits trial at Marion County Jail.
Evidence was revealed by the prosecution that Castronovo made repeated attempts to contact the victim via phone and text after initially being released on bail, despite a court order of no contact. He allegedly threatened to kill himself and also threatened the victim.
During the hearing, the defence attorney revealed that on June 14, the night Castronovo was first arrested, the 50-year-old drummer had been taken to hospital due to a methamphetamine overdose. A recording of voicemail Castronovo had left for the police asking for help was played for the court, during which he says, “I wish the officer who answered the phone would call me back. Give me some f***ing help. You think this is a joke? I’m sick and I need help!”
Journey recently announced that drummer Omar Hakim has been hired to temporarily replace the longtime drummer during the band’s current summer tour dates in the U.S. and Canada. The multi-platinum sellers have cited “pending issues” as the reason for the decision.
Journey’s next show is July 4 in Provo, Utah, at Stadium of Fire. Journey’s extensive 16-city coast-to-coast tour of Canada launches July 6 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, at MTS Centre and wraps up Aug. 2 in St. John’s, Newfoundland, at Mile One Centre.
See below for Journey’s 2015 summer North American tour schedule. For all the latest information on Journey, click here.
Journey’s 2015 Canadian summer tour dates:
June 20 Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Bowl
July 4 Provo, UT – Stadium of Fire
July 6 Winnipeg, MB – MTS Centre
July10 Penticton, BC – South Okanagan Events Centre
July11 Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena
July 13 Victoria, BC – Save-on-Foods Memorial Centre
July 15 Prince George, BC – CN Centre
July 16 Dawson Creek, BC – EnCana Events Centre
July 18 Edmonton, AB – Rexall Place
July 19 Lethbridge, AB – ENMAX Centre
July 21 Regina, SK- Brandt Centre
July 22 Saskatoon, SK – SaskTel Centre
July 25 Hamilton, ON – FirstOntario Centre
July 26 Kingston, ON – Rogers K-Rock Centre
July 28 Montreal, QC – Centre Bell
July 30 Moncton, NB – Moncton Coliseum
July 31 Dartmouth, NS – Alderney Landing
Aug. 2 St. John’s, NL – Mile One Centre