Drummer of band Journey charged with domestic violence in Oregon

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Deen Castronovo of Journey arrives at the 2012 CMT Music awards at the Bridgestone Arena on June 6, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Journey drummer Deen Castronovo has been released on bail after being accused of domestic violence in Oregon.

The 50-year-old Castronovo was arrested Sunday. At an arraignment Monday, he was charged with misdemeanor assault and menacing. Bail was set at $20,000.

Marion County Deputy District Attorney Jean Kunkle wrote in court papers that Castronovo knowingly caused physical injury to a woman.

Castronovo’s attorney, Jeffrey Jones, said his client is deeply saddened by the accusations and confident that no criminal conduct occurred.

A plea hearing is scheduled June 30. In the meantime, the drummer is not allowed to have contact with the woman.

Castronovo has been with Journey since 1998, when he replaced Steve Smith.

Castronovo made news this year when he donated $10,000 to an Oregon high school after an arsonist burned down its band room.


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