Deen Castronovo, a drummer who joined the ‘80s arena rock group Journey in 1998, has been charged with rape, sexual abuse, coercion and unlawful use of a weapon in addition to his arrest for domestic violence earlier this month. All the charges are related to his wife.
TMZ reported mid-June that Castronovo’s domestic violence arrest in Salem, Oregon, was his second, which led the rest of Journey to kick him out of the band. He was out on bail, but after the Marion County District Attorney filed the additional charges, he is back in custody, having violated the terms of his release agreement, reports EW.
Castronovo’s first domestic arrest occurred in 2012 after he allegedly assaulted his ex-girlfriend, according to the Statesman-Journal. Among the formal charges were reckless endangerment, second-degree criminal mischief and harassment, and after a diversion agreement the now-50-year-old performed 80 hours of community service and took anger management classes.
Shortly after Castronovo’s initial arrest, Journey posted the following statement on their Facebook page:
We Journey have made the decision to have Omar Hakim play drums for the band’s upcoming U.S. concerts (Hollywood Bowl on Saturday, June 20 and the Stadium of Fire in Provo, Utah on Saturday, July 4), as well as the band’s Canadian tour (July 6 – August 3), due to Deen Castronovo’s pending issues. We are very grateful to Omar filling in with his musical excellence. 🙏🏼🎸
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