DA: Portuguese Journalist Castrated With Corkscrew

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — A Portuguese model accused of killing a celebrity TV journalist in a hotel admitted to brutally attacking him for more than an hour — castrating him with a corkscrew, stabbing him in the face, slamming a computer monitor into his head and stomping on his face, prosecutors said Tuesday.

Renato Seabra, 21, remained silent at his arraignment in Manhattan State Supreme Court. His lawyer entered a not-guilty plea on his behalf.

Court papers presented by prosecutors detailed the statement that police said Seabra gave to investigators after the Jan. 7 death of well-known Portuguese journalist Carlos Castro while the two were vacationing in Manhattan.

The account depicted an argument in a hotel room that turned vicious and escalated into a prolonged frenzy — with Seabra first choking his companion, then stabbing him with a corkscrew in his face and groin. Seabra also admitted to hitting the 65-year-old Castro on the head with a computer monitor and stomping on his face while wearing shoes, the papers said.

After the attack, Seabra told police, he showered, put on a suit and left. When he ran into a friend of Castro’s as well as her daughter, he at first refused to answer questions about Castro’s whereabouts but then said he was in the hotel room and gave them the room number: 3416. He then left the InterContinental New York Times Square hotel, wandered around the city and eventually got into a taxi that took him to St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center, the papers said.

The city medical examiner has ruled Castro died of head injuries and strangulation. Castro’s ashes were later scattered in Times Square.

Defense lawyer David Touger said after the hearing that he and his client planned a “vigorous defense” and hoped for a positive outcome, though he would not elaborate. Seabra will remain in custody at Bellevue Hospital until the parties return to court March 4 for motions.

Friends in New York have said Castro and Seabra were a couple. But Seabra’s mother told Portugal’s TVIndependente television network that her son isn’t gay and “was not Carlos Castro’s lover.”

Seabra was a contestant last year on a Portuguese TV show called “A Procura Do Sonho,” or “Pursuit of a Dream,” which hunts for modeling talent. He didn’t win the show but did get a modeling contract with an agency founded by fashion designer Fatima Lopes, who developed the show and was a judge on it.

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One Comment

  1. Charles says:

    Sounds like a normal night in LA.

    1. jbw says:

      Um, yeah….Central Park is in NY…..where this actually happened

      1. Tingles says:

        Charles can’t help it. He’s geographically challenged. Kind of like Chris Matthews.

    2. CloseMindedlikeU says:

      @jbw & Tingles

      did either of you stop to consider that Charles was simply stating that this NYC crime “sounds like a normal night in LA”?

      no! you geniuses automatically ASSume he’s “geographically challenged”
      perhaps Charles isn’t the “challenged” one here.

  2. A. Cooper says:

    Yeah? Let’s see someone do the same thing to one of your loved ones and then hear the song you sing then. This Mo is should be sent up to Sing Sing and serve as a party doll to all the bubba’s up there. You can handle his appointment calender.

    1. nightwriter says:

      Wow… anderson cooper… did you take that personally or what????

  3. F. Kruger says:

    Ha ha ha! You are a laugh a minute. This closet queen doesn’t know he’s gay yet and watch out with that shnoze! It’s only gonna get bigger as he gets older. What a mo! “I’m not gay. I’m just a “model”.” Yeah, right and you just happen to love Barbra Streisand, musicals and multi-colored flags. Put him in Pelican Bay and get him a real boyfriend who can appreciate that long nose and let’s see how he models his new jumpsuit.

  4. Sal says:

    Gay bashing? No. Bashing gay? Yes. He probably watched too much “Bring a Gun” Obama.

  5. mjazz says:

    Sarah Palin made him do it.

  6. sydney says:

    Divine love flowing through you draws to you everything that is necessary to make you happy and your life complete.
    May love and compassion fill our lives

  7. traci says:

    It’s tough trying to make it in show businesswhen you’re young and beautiful , rich disgusting people offering to make things easier for you and constantly pushing you for sex,.It’s a sad game

  8. Doofy T. Jones says:


  9. TorJ says:

    Sign this guy up for the military!

  10. Susan says:


  11. Oregonpapa says:

    Man ‘O Man … talk about a hissy fit!

  12. gskuc says:

    Any link between Carlos Castro’s last name and what was done to him by his killer? Just sayin’….

  13. Jethro says:

    “But Seabra’s mother told Portugal’s TVIndependente television network that her son isn’t gay…”
    Has his Mom looked at him lately?

    1. Bert says:

      He’s not…but he’ll sure hold one in his mouth until a gay man arrives to take over.

  14. edfwsetwewe says:

    eye for an eye should be used here

  15. GunThug says:

    Not sure who to blame here, oh what the Hell It’s Sarah Pailin’s fault.

    1. Big Bear says:

      It’s Bush’s fault!!

      1. Bert says:

        I don’t think either one of them cared for bush.

    2. MalcomY says:

      Cheney’s fault

      1. POTUS says:

        Halliburton’s fault! And Rush’s. Oh, and Beck’s too.

    3. Joltin' Joe Biden's Left Nut says:

      And the TEA Party. Don’t forget the TEA Party!

  16. Whatever says:

    If this was a woman mutilated, you brainwashed sheep would have sympathy. Enjoy your so-called freedom why you have it. The new dark ages are coming and you will all be slaves. You are all ignorant, feminized sheep….

    1. Caitlin says:

      Don’t be stupid. This is a particularly savage crime, and gender doesn’t matter. This young man brutally murdered an elderly man half his size and 3 times his age. He has NO defence, and should be imprisoned for life.

      1. Hank says:

        Let that be a lession to all you chicken hawks.

    2. nightwriter says:

      oh, please…. spare me the politically correct BS! When the dark ages get here, the non-breeders will be the first to go!

  17. DumbDave says:

    If it isn’t about Charlie Sheen, it isn’t newsworthy.

  18. tom says:

    I don’t really care about actors or actresess being castrated one or many. They promote a lot of weird, strange things on TV. If tommorow , there are all of holiwood people be catrated of died in any circuimstances, I care less about it

    1. heatherfeather says:

      Hear! Hear!

  19. bigdog says:

    he may not be gay now (LOL), but he will be after about a week as a guest of the NY State pennitentiary system.

  20. Rick P says:

    There are many setups like this. Young handsome guys girls using an older persons desire for them to get things, and go for the ride. Many times they can sleep in the same room/bed, joke about sex and such but wont go any further than that. I know it’s shallow but that’s how that life works. Each one knows what they are getting. The model had no business letting this old man develop feelings for him. I know first hand many setups like this. They usually end up in a blowup. I have a feeling the older guy pushed him for sex to far, and the kid flippped (honestly who wouldn’t) but again each one was using the other.
    I’m pretty sure the model wasn’t gay. The fact that he flipped and murdered someone, it sounds like the pressure to have sex over time built up coupled with an existing mental issue apparently. I bet the mother wishes her son was never discovered. Ah the price of fame……

    1. Jeff in LA says:

      “The model had no business letting this old man develop feelings for him,” you write, as if one person has the power to control the emotions of the other. Then you blame the victim with the worst kind of conjecture. Please don’t have children.

      1. Model X says:


    2. mrboots says:

      You’re an idiot.

  21. Al D says:

    Ben Dover meets Eileen Dover.

    1. Jack Hoff says:

      And her Japanese aunt, Irene Dover

  22. Bellah says:

    The Devil made him do it.

  23. Corporal Klinger says:

    Maybe he can join the Army to avoid prosecution?

  24. Sugar Lennon says:

    Why is this news?

  25. Tacitus7 says:

    Don’t really know, but clearly Castro desired Renato’s beautiful body far more than any attraction that could have existed going the other way. Castro may have somehow assaulted Renato, who then overreacted. At 21, one doesn’t necessarily know how to handle emotions like this. I’m not defending a murder, but I am not convinced that the killing was premeditated.

  26. Billy Congreve says:

    Heaven has no rage like love to hatred turned, nor hell a fury like a gay male model outed.

  27. xtrasystole says:

    I am sure the cutie will make plenty of friends amongst his fellow inmates…

  28. imarko says:

    shame on all of you. grow up and stop acting like stupid children. i’m sure your mothers would be proud.

    1. J. Smith says:

      My mother wouldn’t give a damn… why do people care what their parents would say anyhow? Is this Catholic shame? We are adults… not children.

  29. Michael P Coleman says:

    this should happen to pedophiles, and rapists.

    1. heatherfeather says:

      Pray for Martial Law. It WILL happen then.

  30. Hugh Dame says:

    Actually, by their fruits and nuts…..

  31. Valley Bum says:

    You can deny god but sadly he will then deny you when it really counts.

  32. sandy says:

    you are so stupid, ignorance prevails

  33. Hugh Jorgan says:

    So…before Jesus was born there was no evil in the world?

    1. John Knight says:

      Of course there was we just didn’t call it evil then.

    2. Capt America says:


  34. Paul E says:

    I t is clear that all lap top computers and shoes need to be registered.

    1. Bryan says:

      And we have a winner.

  35. Joslin says:

    Oh gosh! what is this? In my country he be called an “Auntyman”…I mean the oler guy.

  36. James Stutsman says:


  37. Petrock says:

    Why glorify it?

    Its a murder, who cares why. Toss him in slammer. A a few decades with “bubba” for a roomate would seem humorously appropriate.

  38. Saul of Tarsus says:

    Brought to you by Westboro Baptist Church.

    1. RobinHoodMenInTightly says:

      Thanks for the plug.

      You can’t buy adverts like this…

  39. yak! says:

    Bushes Fault!

  40. Ike says:

    Am I the only person thinking about Zoolander right now?

    1. Capt America says:

      No, now I am thinking of Zoolander as well. Excellent observation my friend.

  41. Mike says:

    Since he did this to his “companion”, New York will let him out in a few years. Of course, had the perp been a WASP, it would have been a hate crime and they’d have given him life.

    1. Rich says:

      Yes because there is sooooo much anti-Portuguese sentiment in this country. Seriously, just because they speak a latin based language doesnt give white europeans the right to play the race card.

  42. Larry says:

    Castro got castrated.

  43. Larry says:

    Male models can be psycho killers too.

  44. Garr Obo says:

    Global warming caused it.

  45. mrboots says:

    did he put it in like it was a cork and then pull? Yeeeoooowww

  46. Bill says:

    He probably strangled him with a feather boa.

  47. Barney says:

    This is George Bush’s fault.

    1. Wizzid says:

      No, Sara Palin!

      1. Conservative101 says:

        Wrong again, Michelle Bachmann!!

      2. B. Frank says:

        Wrong Michelle. It was Aunt Esther and the sight of another WWF belted cardigan that pushed him over the edge. Not a good look at the clubs.

  48. Armed Texan says:

    Liberals Gone Wild!

  49. skielark says:

    That young man be curazee.

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