June 29, 2017
Deen Castronovo: Journey Drummer Charged With Rape, Assault, Domestic Violence

Deen Castronovo, Journey's drummer, has been charged with rape, assault, and domestic violence.

According to the Daily Mail, Castronovo was arrested following a domestic dispute two weeks ago, and now, the 50-year-old drummer is being charged with rape, as well.

TMZ reports that the District Attorney in Marion County, Oregon, has added new charges including rape, sexual abuse, coercion, and unlawful use of a weapon. He is currently being held without bail, and is scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday, June 30.

Deen was originally arrested, without incident, in Salem, Oregon, on June 14, and was charged with misdemeanor assault and menacing. The drummer released on $20,000 bail, with a plea hearing scheduled for Tuesday. While the details of the incident are not clear, it is suspected that Castronovo was having a dispute with his wife.

This is not the first time that the former Journey drummer has had run-ins with the law. In 2012, he was arrested for allegedly assaulting his wife.

As the Inquisitr previously reported, during the previous incident, Deen's wife reportedly ran outside of their home as they were having a heated argument. His wife then attempted to call her father on her cell phone for help, but Deen allegedly "grabbed the phone out of her hand and refused to let her contact her dad."

Castronovo was later arrested and charged with assault, coercion, criminal mischief, harassment, and obstruction of official business. While he claimed that he and his wife simply had "a misunderstanding that should not have been escalated to such a level in the first place," the court found him guilty and sentenced him to anger management therapy and 80 hours of community service.

Following his most recent arrest, Journey announced that Omar Hakim would be taking over as the drummer for the band. The band released a statement on Thursday explaining their decision to replace Castronovo, who had been with the group since 1998, the Inquisitr reports.
"We have made the decision to have Omar Hakim play drums for the band's upcoming U.S. concerts. We are very grateful to Omar filling in with his musical excellence."
While Deen has currently been booted from the group, it is not known if he will rejoin the band at a later date.

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