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Kate Chastain’s Domestic Battery By Strangulation Case Crawls Forward


Below Deck Captain Lee and Kate


On last week’s episode of Below Deck, Head Stew Kate Chastain invited her girlfriend at the time, Ro Hernandez,  to visit her on her day off at a Caribbean resort.  We got to see a whole lot of PDA between the two and assess their interactions. Ro seemed quite into Kate and perhaps a bit possessive. Maybe it was just early in their relationship. These scenes were filmed months before the night in June that there was a violent altercation between the two.   The police were called and Kate was arrested and booked into the local jail.

In August Kate was officially charged with domestic violence by strangulation, a felony, and another misdemeanor charge of domestic violence. According to the police report obtained by FloridaToday, Kate ” bit her girlfriend on the forearm, inner bicep and leg; held her down and “strangled” her; put her knee on her head and pulled her hair; and covered her mouth and pinched her nose so she couldn’t breathe.”

This week FloridaToday announced that a docket sounding is set for November 7th  at the Moore Justice Center in Viera. In a criminal case, a docket sounding is the last pretrial step before the trial date  where the prosecutor and the defense meet with the judge to see if the case is ready to go forward on the assigned date or to reschedule the date. It is also the last chance for the defendant to take a plea deal.  It’s likely the prosecutor has offered a plea at this point. If the felony charge is dropped, it’s likely that Kate will take the deal. If it is not she may want to continue to trial in order to keep the felony off her record.

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Below Deck’s Kate Chastain Says She’s The Victim

Below Deck Kate Chastain
Kate Chastain is attempting a much-needed public relations makeover ahead of the upcoming season of Below Deck. The trailer for the upcoming season is already out and includes a brief clip of Kate hugging her ex girlfriend Ro, with a voiceover of Kate saying, “Am I a lesbian? It’s complicated.” It was released shortly after coverage of the alleged assault that occurred in June. 

Last week, Florida State Attorney’s Office charged Chastain with domestic battery by strangulation and domestic battery according to  FLORIDA TODAY, a local subsidiary of USA TODAY. Domestic battery by strangulation is a felony charge. Chastain was originally charged with that felony on June 13, the date of the incident according to public records.  The second charge was apparently added by the States’s Attorney’s office last week according to FLORIDA TODAY.  In my opinion, the second charge may have been added to allow for a plea deal.

After their initial news reports, Chastain’s lawyer, Gary Frese of Melbourne, emailed FLORIDA TODAY with the following statement, “Ms. Kate Chastain regrets the incident that occurred between her and Ms. (Rocio) Hernandez. The version of the incident told to the police by Ms. Hernandez is completely fictitious. Ms. Hernandez, a former professional fitness trainer over six feet tall, physically attacked Ms. Chastain who tried her best to defend herself during the attack. Ms. Chastain is of very slight build and is 5 foot 7 inches tall. At no time was Ms. Chastain the aggressor in the altercation. When all the actual facts are determined in the legal process Ms. Chastain will be completely vindicated and Ms. Hernandez will be shown to have a history of violent behavior and to have completely misrepresented the facts to the police about Ms. Chastain’s actions.”

It is interesting that Gary Frese is an established attorney in Melbourne whose practice is focused on Real Estate and Tax Law and does not advertise as a criminal attorney. Local Tamara Tattles sources stated that although Kate knows a few lawyers, none of them seemed to want to get involved. 

Let’s review the facts:

  • There was an altercation at the joint residence which led to the police being called.
  • The police arrived and made an assessment and arrested Kate and for domestic violence by strangulation. This suggests the police had observed some evidence of strangulation on the victim
  • The police filed a report that documented multiple bite marks on Hernandez
  • No charges were filed against Hernandez.
  • I detect no signs of attack on Kate in her mugshot.

Kate’s defense seems to be, “I could not have done this because Ro is three inches taller than me and in better shape than I am.” and/or “She started it.” and/or “She’s lying.”

Ro gave her statement to the police when they arrived at the incident. Local Tamara Tattles sources have stated that she did not want to press charges; however, Florida police training on domestic violence instructs the officers not to ask the victim if they plan to cooperate with prosecution and to tell the aggressor that the victim has no role in the prosecution. In the event an officer suspects or is informed of strangulation, all signs of strangulation are to be recorded by the police officer.  Florida officers are strongly dissuaded from dual arrests in the event the aggressor says she was also the victim.  In other words, if you call in a domestic dispute in Florida, someone is going to jail.

Kate was tweeting today that FLORIDA TODAY was refusing to put up the statement from her attorney. She also tweeted that the FLORIDA TODAY journalist posted her “private comments” to her that she sent in an email. That is the email where she apparently contacted a journalist to let them know she would not be giving any interviews as that would be an annoyance on her end.

Captain Lee, who has always been one of Kate’s biggest supporters, continues to tweet his support and urge his followers to withhold judgement until all the facts are in. I must say the facts I have seen look pretty damning; however, innocent until proven guilty…

Below Deck premiers September 6, on Bravo with a completely overhauled cast.  Captain Lee, Ben, Kate  and former deckhand Kelly (with the) Johnson are the returning familiar faces.

Chastain is scheduled to appear in court September 13 at the Moore Justice Center in Viera.


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Abby Lee Miller Changes Plea To Guilty

Dance moms abby
Abby Lee Miller joined the ranks of  reality personalities who will have a felony record in federal court last Monday. The Dance Moms star pled guilty to one count of concealing bankruptcy assets and one count of structuring international monetary transactions. Once again the charges stem from a  Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing.

Last fall, Abby was charged with failing to disclose (and attempting to hide) $775,000 worth of income from Lifetime and her related appearances and master classes that resulted in 20 separate charges. Basically, what Abby is alleged to have done is having payments she was due paid to her mother instead of herself to avoid paying taxes. I am assuming based on the charges that she did that a total of 20 times in amounts that totaled $775,000.

Deadline, who has had the exclusives on most of this court battle, provided new information on Tuesday reporting, “Miller on June 20 was slammed with a whole new case that threatened her with up to another five years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The dance coach allegedly brought more than $10,000 into the country from Australia on August 7, 2014, without the required reporting.”

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Bobbi Kristina Brown’s Family Confirm Her Death

Bobbi Kriss ans Cissy

After almost six long months after being found unresponsive in a bathtub in the Roswell condo she shared with Nick Gordon., the family of Bobbi Kriss has announced her death.

An attorney for the family said “Bobbi Kristina Brown passed away July, 26 2015, surrounded by her family, She is finally at peace in the arms of God. We want to again thank everyone for their tremendous amount of love and support during these last few months.”

Over the past six weeks we have followed this story and been disturbed at all of the circus surrounding this event. On July 16th, it was clear that preparations were being made to let her go.  Now, ten days later it has been confirmed that she was finally allowed to RIP. Continue reading


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Dance Moms Recap: Abby Got Served

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Last week on Dance Moms,  Abby was beginning to break down over Paige’s lawsuit against her.  This is a separate case from her mother Kelly’s on going lawsuit. Abby was upset that the media was at her home.

The very first thing that happens is that Abby is served with a subpoena to appear in court by Kelly. I believe this is the civil suit.  It could be the criminal one.  And they made sure to do it at her studio while Dance Moms was filming. Abby is crying and upset. She wants to make a statement to the press. Holly tries hard to talk her down off of that cliff. Holly looks fantastic like she might have done work done. The moms convince Abby to come back in and go on with rehearsal.

At pyramid, Kalani is not there. This is the second time Kalani has been late. Holly is pissed that Abby doesn’t punish Kalani for being late.  Mackenzie was on the bottom of the for not being weird enough in the group dance. Maddie was next. MADDIE WAS NEXT!  Abby says she was just a twin with Kendall nothing special. This seems to me to indicate Melissa has done something to piss Abby off.  Nia is next but she gets compliments from Abby for her solo and her group dance efforts. Next is Kendall. I did not like her solo and think she should have place below Nia. On the top is Kalani for having the highest scoring solo.  Oh I get it now. She is trying to make Maddie think she has some competition. Continue reading


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James Radford Jr. Releases Motion for Summary Judgment

Phaedra whore housewife.As I previously referenced here and here  James Radford Jr. has filed a Motion for Summary Judgment in the case of Phaedra Parks v Angela Stanton.  Radford has published the motion in its entirety on his website.  In addition to asking for a judgment in favor of Stanton, Stanton is also requesting legal fees due to the frivolous legal action.

Stanton provides numerous examples of evidence of the close bond between the plaintiff and defendant. Both women it seems have introduced the other to their families and have socialized with each other’s families on numerous occasions.  It seems that Phaedra had been a many of Angela’s family gatherings and attended Angela’s mother’s funeral even though Angela herself was incarcerated at the time of her mother’s death. To be fair, Phaedra does love her a good funeral… what? She does! Continue reading


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