Journey drummer Deen Castronovo was high on meth and hallucinating when …

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Bail denied for Journey drummer accused of rape.

Journey drummer Deen Castronovo was high on meth and hallucinating when he was arrested two weeks ago and accused of misdemeanor assault and menacing, his attorney said Wednesday during a bail hearing.SALEM — An Oregon judge has denied bail for the drummer of rock band Journey, saying his repeated attempts to contact a woman he’s accused of raping show that he poses a threat.The drummer for the band Journey, Deen Castronovo, seems like he really got himself in some deep water this time—he had some domestic violence in his past, but he doesn’t seem to have learned from the mistakes and has done it again, leading to charges of rape, assault, and unlawful use of a weapon.

Marion County Circuit Judge Channing Bennett said Wednesday that Deen Castronovo violated a court order to stay away from the woman after his June 14 arrest on domestic violence. Castronovo sat in jail Tuesday, June 30, 2015, after being indicted on a rape charge two weeks after his domestic violence arrest. (Marion County Sheriff’s Office via AP, File) SALEM, Ore. At the hour-long hearing, Marion County Deputy District Attorney Jennifer Gardiner said police had to break down the door of Castronovo’s Southeast Salem home to arrest him on June 14. Previously, the drummer was arrested in 2012 for assaulting his girlfriend and was charged with coercion, assault in the 4th degree, criminal mischief in the 2nd degree, interfering with making a report, and harassment. Castronovo’s attorney, Jeffery Jones, said he was first taken to Salem Hospital because of his overdose condition before being booked at the Marion County jail.

Some of those charges stemmed from when his girlfriend ran out of the house to call her dad, and Castronovo wouldn’t allow her to call, grabbing the phone. Despite the court order, prosecutors said Castronovo has texted the woman 122 times and called her 35 times since he posted bail, with his messages swinging between contrition and threats. Castronovo has been with Journey since 1998, when he replaced Steve Smith — the drummer on the group’s best-known songs, including “Don’t Stop Believin’.” Gardiner said Castronovo’s arrest stemmed from a week-long series of violent events during which he threw the victim into a wall 14 times, pulled her hair, sexually assaulted her and forced her to have sex with him.

In them Castronovo first accuses the woman of “destroying my life because of the things I did to you” before ending the message with “I love you, thanks.” He can be heard crying in the second voice mail and says, “thank you for turning me in. The message is directed at police officers, who had previously answered one of Castronovo’s calls while interviewing the victim. “I wish the officer who answered the phone would call me back,” Castronovo cried. “Give me some (vulgarity deleted) help. Jones said the women attended to show the judge there had been no previous reports of domestic abuse while they had been in relationships with the drummer. “He’s been a productive part of Salem,” Jones said. “He donated to South Albany High School, he befriended a boy named Austin who was involved in a car accident in Keizer. He gives back to the community.” Castronovo donated $10,000 to the South Albany band program after a fire leveled the building that housed the band room, which contained all of the program’s instruments. “I think that there are two sides to every story,” Mata said. “I was really hoping they would let him go so he could get some help.

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