At his sentence hearing this afternoon, Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro was given the opportunity to address the court and his victims. While initially, Castro claimed that he wanted to apologize, his testimony soon devolved into a delusional rant in which he repeatedly excused his actions by claiming to have an addiction to porn, sex and masturbation.
Most incredulous and disturbing of all, however, were Castro's claims that sex with his victims was always consensual (every bit of evidence suggests otherwise) and that he, Berry, Knight and DeJesus — the three women he literally kept in chains and beat until they had miscarriages — lived together in "harmony."
Castro vehemently objected to being characterized by the courts, media and general public as a monster and reiterated time and time again that he "is not a violent person." He also claimed that, despite his son's accusations, he was never a wife-beater. That is, until he married his wife.