Renato Seabra, the male model who has
confessed to killing Portuguese gay journalist Carlos Castro, also
broke Castro's neck during the altercation, the New York Post
Police have charged Seabra with one
count of second-degree murder.
Castro was traveling in New York City
over the New Year holiday with Seabra, who earned fame last year on
the Portuguese reality talent contest A Procura Do Sonho, or
Pursuit of a Dream. He didn't win the contest but was signed
to a modeling contract.
The 65-year-old Castro was found dead
by hotel workers at the Inter-Continental New York Times Square Hotel
late last Friday.
He allegedly screamed at Castro “I'm
not gay anymore!” while he kicked, punched and ultimately mutilated
According to Seabra's indictment
released on Friday, the 20-year-old broke Castro's neck during the
altercation and stomped on his head. He also knocked Castro
unconscious with a computer monitor and then, using a wine corkscrew,
gouged out an eye and castrated the journalist.
According to The New York Daily
News, Seabra denied he was gay before embarking on the trip.
“He told people back home, before the
trip, that he wasn't gay,” a police source told the paper. “He
got [Castro] to pay his way to New York and wanted him to boost his
career, buy him things.”
Other reports indicate that Seabra and
Castro quarreled over money and sex. Seabra bacame bitter when a
promised shopping trip failed to materialize, while Castro was
jealous of Seabra's flirtations with girls.
Castro had written articles and books
about fashion and was a vocal gay rights advocate.
Friends say the two men had been dating
for several months.