On Wednesday, the Florida State Attorney’s Office charged Below Deck’s Kate Chastain with domestic battery by strangulation and domestic violence (battery) against her former live-in girlfriend, Ro Hernandez, due to an attack in their Melbourne Beach home in June.
I am told that Ro did not want to press charges but that the State’s attorney found the attack to be very serious and decided that charges should be filed and the case should be tried. Everyone locally that I have spoken to refers to the incident as “very serious.”
According to FLORIDA TODAY who obtained the police report, “On June 11, Chastain returned home from a bar, “went into a fit of rage” and physically attacked her girlfriend, a Melbourne Beach police report shows. Chastain 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, according to the report.”
That does indeed sound “very serious.”
There really shouldn’t be anything humorous about this situation. But with Kate, you know her hubris will always be a factor. Apparently in July, Kate reached out to FLORIDA TODAY and let them know she was not interested in any interviews with them. It is unclear if she is telling them that because they ran the story of her arrest that she will not sit for an interview regarding Season Four of Below Deck (on which Ro will briefly appear) or what provoked her to contact them to say she was not interested in contact from them. Kate said, “Looking ahead to the future please know that I am not and will never be interested in any kind of interview with FLORIDA TODAY. Just wanted to give you a heads up that any press request would be a waste of time, and on my end, an annoyance.”
Her court date has been set for Sept. 13 at the Moore Justice Center in Viera. I nominate JoJo to be our TamaraTattles spy for the hearing. Also, someone pass Sequoia a tissue.