By Irene Cornell

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – A Portuguese male model accused of beating to death a well-known journalist in a Manhattan hotel room has been arraigned.

Renato Seabra, male model and reality TV star in his native Portugal, plead not guilty to a charge of intentional murder.

WCBS 880 Reporter Irene Cornell reports he’s accused of killing Carlos Castro, a prominent Portuguese journalist.

WCBS 880’s Irene Cornell gets details from the courtroom

1010 WINS Reporter Juliet Papa gets details on the gruesome murder.

Seabra looked dazed as he was brought into court in a Bellevue Hospital bright orange jacket. The prosecutor released a statement he’d made to detectives admitting that he killed Castro after arguing in their room at a Times Square hotel.

He admitted he grabbed him around the neck, compressed his windpipe, stabbed and mutilated him with a cork screw, hit him with a computer monitor and stomped on his face with his shoes on. He said the attack went on for at least an hour.

His attorney said he plans a vigorous defense and predicted a successful outcome. He would not speculate on what that might be.

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