The mangled body of Carlos Castro was discovered at a New York hotel
Police are questioning the model boyfriend of a celebrity television journalist murdered and castrated in his luxury New York hotel room.
The mangled body of Carlos Castro, 65, was discovered at the InterContinental New York Times Square.
He had been beaten and was lying in a pool of blood in his room on the 34th floor where he had been living since December 29.
Workers at the InterContinental New York Times Square hotel discovered the mutilated body of Castro, in his blood-drenched room at about 7 p.m. on Friday.
He had arrived in the U.S. in late December in the company of his young boyfriend, the model Renato Seabra, to see some Broadway shows and spend New Year's Eve in Times Square, according to a family friend.
There had been some friction between the two men toward the end of the trip, but nothing to suggest that anything horrible was about to happen, said the friend, Luis Pires, the editor of the Portuguese-language newspaper Luso-Americano in Newark, New Jersey.
'I think that they were a little bit upset with each other, for jealousy reasons,' Pires said.
The couple saw the musical 'Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark' , then went to the cinema to watch 'The Black Swan'.
They were supposed to meet Pires' daughter for dinner when Seabra suddenly emerged in the lobby acting strangely, he said.
'He told my daughter, "Carlos will never leave the hotel again",' said Pires.
He said his daughter, distraught, fetched a hotel manager.
Security guards opened the door to the room and found the body.
Seabra left the scene, but was detained by police hours later after he sought care at St. Luke's Roosevelt Hospital, not far from the hotel.
No charges have been filed against Seabra.
Police said Castro suffered serious head trauma.
Seabra was a contestant last year on a Portuguese TV show called 'A Procura Do Sonho,' or 'Pursuit of a Dream,' which hunts for modeling talent.
He didn't win the show but did get a modeling contract with an agency founded by Fatima Lopes, who developed the show and was a judge on it.