Journey Drummer High on Meth at Time of Domestic Abuse Arrest

By McCarton Ackerman 07/07/15

Deen Castronovo has battled substance abuse for decades.

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New reports have surfaced that Journey drummer Deen Castronovo is likely  withdrawing from meth while behind bars for allegedly assaulting a woman.

Castronovo, 50, was arrested on June 14 for the alleged abuse that took place between April 25 and June 29. Castronovo’s attorney, Jeffery Jones, said the drummer was high on meth at the time of his arrest and was first taken to Salem Hospital in Oregon to treat a drug overdose.

He posted $20,000 bail and was released the next day, but he violated the court-ordered no contact rule with the victim by calling her 35 times and sending 122 text messages. He also threatened harm to both himself and the victim in a series of voicemails. A grand jury indictment stemming from the same incident led to a second arrest on June 29.

During his most recent bail hearing, he began shaking as Marion County Deputy District Attorney Jennifer Gardiner read details of the alleged incidents. He then had to be helped to his chair by three deputies after wobbling and nearly falling over at one point. Jones also admitted that the drummer is “unstable” at the moment.

Castronovo is being held without bail in Marion County Jail. He has 16 charges against him including five counts of fourth-degree assault, one count of first-degree rape, one count of second-degree assault, and one count of second-degree sex abuse.

His battle with substance abuse has spanned decades. He admitted during a 2009 interview with the Statesman Journal that drug use had ruined his last marriage and damaged his relationship with his two sons, who are now ages 24 and 10. At that time, he had been drug-free for two years and was focusing on community service efforts.

“For me to give back to the community helps me keep my sobriety,” he said. “It gives me an outlet and keeps me clean and sober.”

Castronovo has been the drummer for Journey since 1998. The band’s Facebook page still has him listed in that position, though the band has hired a temporary replacement for their upcoming shows.

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McCarton Ackerman is a freelance writer and editor living in Portland, Oregon. He has been a contributor for The Fix since October 2011, writing on a wide range of topics ranging from medical marijuana in Colorado to the world's sexiest drug smugglers. Follow him on Linkedin and Twitter.