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Journey Drummer

Busted for Girlfriend Assault

1/26/2012 5:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Journey drummer Deen Castronovo mug shot
Deen Castronovo
-- the current touring drummer for Journey -- was popped this weekend in Oregon for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend, TMZ has learned.

Sources close to the drummer tell us, Deen was arrested Saturday ... after a heated argument with his lady turned physical.

According to law enforcement, Deen was booked into Polk County Jail on a laundry list of charges -- including coercion, assault in the 4th degree, criminal mischief  in the 2nd degree, interfering with making a report, and harassment. 

Sources tell us the additional charges stem from an altercation that occurred after the alleged physical blowout -- when his girlfriend ran out of the house to call her father, and Deen grabbed the phone out of her hand and refused to let her contact her dad.

Deen's bail was set at $52,500.00 -- which he posted before being released.

A rep for Deen tells us, the rocker believes "it was a misunderstanding that should not have been escalated to such a level in the first place."



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My husband used to hang around back in the younger days with Deen. Mike says he was a great drummer then and even better now. My husband did a lot of drugs back in the day and struggled with them for years, Has been clean and sober for 20. So we know very well how hard kicking drugs is. When you add in the pressure cooker lifestyle that Deen has it makes a whole lot harder. People around you all the time saying come on have a drink, do a line dude, one won't hurt blah blah blah. Toughest thing to get past when getting clean, your so called friends, accquaintances, hangers-on etc..You got remeber there's allways 3 sides to a story. His, Hers, and somewhere in between the truth.Some comments saying Journey was average at best, not relevant now,mixing viagra with geritol,etc.. EAsy to be haters, jealous much?? Yeah he's got a great life, famous, money, world traveler. Trying living with the other side of fame for a couple of days and see just how great you all are.And for you agists, I'm fity one and still rockin' it with out any chemical help. Grow up. Journey was, is and will always be one of the best all time bands. No county fairs in their near future. For Deen good luck and keep on trying to kick the ****. My daughter works at the west salem taco bell and a few weeks ago you gave all the kids working there a thrill when you stopped in and gave autographs to everybody. My daughter knows that we've been fans of Deen even before he hit it big and was so excited to bring home the autograph for her dad. Mult-generational music,seems pretty relavant to me.Doubt that Deen remebers Mike but still wishes him best of luck and keep on trying cause if he can kick it so can you. Rock on!!!!!!!!!!!!!

943 days ago


Deen's son is one of my best friends. Don't judge until you know all the facts about what happened. Deen is a great guy. One of the most nicest and generous people I have ever met in my entire life. Yes, he has hit a few major speed bumps throughout his life, but come on... hes a rock n roll legend and with the fame and lifestyle he has, what rock star didn't do drugs or end up in jail a few times? Not saying that it is an excuse, but people get influenced. He has come along way to make himself a better man and has been sober for himself and his two wonderfully amazing kids that he adores and loves so much. If accusations of him being domestically violent towards his CRAZY girlfriend are true, then so be it. Because in his defense I would say that she had it comin. Deen has been good to her... always takes her back after she freaks out on him and buys her everything she asks for including cars. Maybe before you go pointing fingers, maybe you should meet Deen and his girlfriend in person and judge for yourself. Men always get blamed for violent situations between couples. She more than likely just flipped out on him and she was probably the one being violent and domestic. And as far as Journey goes... this has nothing to do with the band as a whole you morons... this is Deen and Deen only. Journey was HUGE back in the day and still is. All of you guys are just jealous because Journey is known around the freakin world.

943 days ago

Holly wood     

We don't know what goes on behind closed doors but they did seem good at christmas . My prayers are them. All the best Holly Wood

943 days ago

Holly wood     

We don't know what goes on behind closed doors I do know that they seemed fine at Christmas time my prayers are with them .

943 days ago


I'm in no way defending what Deen allegedly did to his gf. Someone commented how they know the girl involved and said that she is trying to help Deen with his addictions. What a joke I know who she is and she is and she actually is an alcoholic herself and encourages him to drink with her! All I will say is her name starts with a "D" and ends with an "E".

941 days ago


Leave him the **** alone! You people don't even know the real story! So shut your ****en mouths...

941 days ago


Last year when Journey came to Pittsburgh I got to go talk to Deen during meet and great! I didn't really need the meet and great thing tho because I already knew him. He is the most nicest guys ever. He got me back stag to sit behind him while drumming! He even gave me his drum sticks. After that we went out to eat with him and the band. Because of a bad storm in the other city they were heading to got delayed so they stayed a couple extra days. We drove Jonathan, Ross and him around the city to take pic and Ect. Before They left we took Jonathan and Ross out to eat! Then we had to take them back to the hotel before the Tour buses came. I got some pictures with the rest of them while waiting for deen to come down to say goodbye! He gave me a hug and kiss on the forehead telling to be good and to listen and we will see each other soon. He had some good news too, he pulled out his phone and said he just bought a new house! I saw some of the pictures as he shown my Uncle. It was a very Beautiful house! Deen and My Uncle are really good friends. So the other day we called him to hear what's going on! Deen told us the whole story and how it was a misunderstanding! Deen is not a woman beater at all.

941 days ago


The judge through the case out of court today. Deen is cleared of all charges.

940 days ago

Jon S    

I will always support this man. That is all.

922 days ago

patricia rosen    

I don't believe that.. I was seeing him and had relations with him and he was not at all abusive... he was very sweet, maybe a little to sweet...That is not his style sorry....

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