A young Portuguese male model, Renato Seabra, 21, has been charged with the murder of prominent Portuguese journalist Carlos Castro, 65, who was beaten to death at a luxury Manhattan hotel.

Seabra was charged with one count of second degree murder and is being held at New York’s Bellevue psychiatric hospital pending a possible court appearance.

Local media said Castro had been castrated and was left lying in a pool of blood in his room at the Intercontinental Hotel, located a few blocks from Times Square. Police found Castro’s lifeless body early Friday evening.

Friends in New York said they were a couple. But Seabra’s mother, Odilia Pereirinha, told Portugal’s TVIndependente television network that her son “was not Carlos Castro’s lover. He never hid his sexuality: that he is heterosexual,”  Pereirinha said Sunday before heading to New York.

Seabra was detained by police on Saturday after he sought care at St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital, not far from the hotel. Police said he was at Bellevue Hospital Center on Monday, where he was undergoing psychiatric evaluation.

Castro and Seabra had arrived in the U.S. in late December 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.

According to the New York Post, the two got into a heated argument on Friday night after Seabra told Castro he was pretending to be gay and only with him for the money.

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A young Portuguese male model, Renato Seabra, 21, has been charged with the murder of prominent Portuguese journalist Carlos Castro, 65, who was beaten to death at a luxury Manhattan hotel. Seabra was charged with one count of second degree murder and is being held at New York's Bellevue psychiatric...