The plot thickens. Below Deck star Kate Chastain has coyly maintained her innocence in the domestic dispute with her former girlfriend Rocio “Ro” Hernandez that resulted in battery charges by the Florida State Attorney’s Office. But she hasn’t clearly spoken out about what really happened on that June night between Ro and her, leaving the public to ascertain details from police reports that claimed she choked and bit Hernandez after flying into a “fit of rage.”
Kate’s attorney, however, has finally issued a 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,” says Melbourne lawyer Gary Frese.
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Florida Today reported on Frese’s statement, which goes on to assert, “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.”
This version of events sits in stark contrast to the Melbourne police report that claimed “Kate bit her [Ro] in the forearm, bicep, and leg” and “also put a knee on her head, choked her, and tried to stop her breathing.”
Although she hasn’t clarified events herself, Kate has hinted heavily on social media and her blog that the public aren’t getting the whole story from police reports. She maintains that the “truth will come out,” blogging that “the only thing I know for sure at this point is that it only takes one person’s words to forever affect the life of another.”
After her June arrest, Kate was officially charged with domestic battery by strangulation (third degree felony) and battery domestic violence (first degree misdemeanor), with a court date set for September 13. This date follows just one week after Below Deck airs its season premiere on Bravo. Filming for the season wrapped before Kate and Ro’s incident, and scenes from the trailer feature the budding romance between them.
It’s safe to say that the romance is over now. But it looks like Kate’s court battle is just beginning.
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