MELBOURNE BEACH, Florida – ‘Below Deck’ reality TV star Kate Chastain was arrested by Melbourne Beach police on Monday, June 13, 2016, and charged with Domestic Violence Battery by Strangulation, according to Brevard County Sheriff’s records.
The Chief Stewardess on Bravo was arrested after her girlfriend went to work with bruising on her arm which led to a domestic violence investigation. According to police, the 33-year-old “seality” TV star bit her drunk girlfriend, placed a knee on her head, choked her, and tried to stop her from breathing, TMZ reported.
Chastain was released from the Brevard County Jail the next day on a $5,000 bond.
Co-star Captain Lee tweeted that he was shocked by the news and that he wouldn’t “rush to judge, nor will I ignore the facts when I actually do find out what they are. You guys probably know more than I do, but I am stunned.”
This wasn’t Kate’s first run-in with the law, whose legal name is Kathryn Chastain. According to Brevard County Clerk of Court records, she was arrested for an out-of-county warrant back in 2011.
Kate was also arrested in West Palm Beach for DUI and possession of a controlled substance without a prescription in 2010, according to starcasm.com.