Deen Castronovo Admits Abuse Of Ex-Fiancée Deidra After Arrest
Deen Castronovo apologizes to everyone for being an abuser and a batterer. In a very raw interview, the ex-Journey drummer, who was arrested for raping and abusing his ex-fiancée, said he is sober and is seeking professional help to resolve his issues.
The musician and singer was booked for assault, coercion, and menacing after police discovered that he physically and verbally abused his then-fiancée, Deidra. Castronovo was later charged with rape. Weeks after the arrest, Journey dumped Castronovo because they knew he could not recover while touring and because he had tarnished their image. Last month, the rocker was back in court where he signed a plea deal and was sentenced to four years of supervised probation.
Talking to Statesman Journal and Billboard, without his lawyer, he confessed that there are no excuses for what he did to the woman he loved, (at the age of 19, Castronovo fell in love with Deidra when she was 14, and he waited until she was 18 to date her, they split after he found Jesus Christ and they reunited in 2008), his family and his band mates. The musician stated:
“I want to make it perfectly clear: My name cannot be cleared. What I have done to the band and my fiancee, there is no excuse for it. It is really inexcusable. The only way that my reputation will be brought back is to live this — walk it and work on my recovery like it’s a full-time job.”
“It’s my truth, I have nothing to hide, I was a verbally abusive man. I was a physically abusive man.”
He took some time out to say sorry to his friend and guitarist, Neal Schon, who discovered him and asked him to be part of Bad English and to Deidra for putting her through hell in the past six years. He revealed:
“It was a beautiful relationship that was real good, but my drinking got worse and worse. And then drinking and using spiraled into what happened now.”
Castronovo went on to explain that he has been an addict for the past 22 years and stated that the night of his arrest he had taken 24 methamphetamine pills. He had an addiction to prescription pills after a back surgery in 2012 and hip replacement in 2013.
He claimed what happened in June opened his eyes, and as soon he was released from jail, he went right to the Betty Ford Center where he completed a 75-day inpatient treatment program. Since the arrest, Castronovo has turned his life to Jesus Christ again and is being guided by JD Henderson, senior pastor of the Life Christian Center in Portland.
He concluded by saying that he is happy to take control of his life and is hoping to be with Deidra someday – by law he is not permitted to have any contact with her for the next four years. Deen Castronovo said that he is very grateful for the love and support he gets from his sons and his fans. He shared:
“You can do this. One day at a time. Stay focused.’ And to see your boys look you in the eyes and I’m there and present, and they say, ‘Dad, I am so proud of you’ — are you kidding? That’s all the adrenaline shot that I need to keep on moving forward because I finally get it.”
What are your thoughts on Deen Castronovo’s story, should Deidra forgive him?