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Portuguese model held in grisly slaying and mutilation



The male model suspected of killing and castrating a Portuguese gossip columnist in a midtown hotel was still in custody yesterday, but had not been charged, police said.

Carlos Castro, 65, was found on Friday bludgeoned to death and mutilated at the InterContinental Hotel in Times Square, where he was staying with Renato Seabra, 20, a Portuguese reality show contestant.

Seabra allegedly whacked Castro in the head with a laptop and severed his scrotum with a broken wine glass after accusing him of being cheap with gifts, according to published reports that cited police sources.

Seabra was in custody yesterday at Bellevue Hospital, where he was undergoing psychiatric tests.

Before the attack, Castro — who is a gay rights activist — allegedly called friends and said he was afraid of Seabra. They went to check on him at the hotel and allegedly ran into Seabra leaving the lobby. Hotel workers made the grisly find.

Police nabbed Seabra when he went to Roosevelt Hospital late Friday for cuts on his face and wrists, reports said.

According to the New York Post, Seabra had told Castro that he wasn’t gay, and only involved with him for the money.


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