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'Below Deck': What Happened After Kate Chastain's Assault Case?

‘Below Deck’: What Happened After Kate Chastain’s Assault Case?

Below Deck fans have always adored Kate Chastain, who played a central role in the show’s early seasons. Despite being embroiled in a scandal involving alleged domestic violence against her then-girlfriend, Rocio “Ro” Hernandez back in 2016, Chastain has managed to remain a public favorite. But what happened after the court case?

Remarkably, Kate Chastain didn’t let the negative publicity break her stride. After the scandal, she appeared on Traitors 1 and later made her way to Season 2 as well. Despite her entanglement in scandalous news, she continued thriving in her career, which included her stint on Below Deck for a while longer. She also joined Bravo’s Chat Room and was seen in Below Deck Galley Talk and Couch Talk With Captain Lee and Kate.

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Kate Chastain On Season 1 Of Bravo’s Chat Room – YouTube

Kate Chastain was also featured as a guest judge on Project Runway and continues to receive requests from fans to return to the Below Deck franchise. But she seems to be flourishing without it, focusing on life with her adorable son, Sullivan Cay, born in May last year.

In 2016, the charges brought by Ro Hernandez led to the Below Deck star’s arrest for battery by strangulation. The altercation took place in Melbourne Beach, Florida. At the time, Radar Online documented the gravity of the allegations.

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Kate Chastain, Captain Lee Rosbach – Bravo YouTube

According to Hernandez, Chastain allegedly sat on her, attempted to strangle her, and “put her knee on her head and pulled her hair”. She also purportedly covered Hernandez’s mouth and pinched her nose to prevent her from breathing. Hernandez claimed this wasn’t an isolated incident and mentioned past experiences of similar behavior. The reports also included allegations of drunkenness and efforts to snatch Hernandez’s phone, leading to more detailed complaints involving biting.

As the legal drama unfolded, the charges against Chastain were downgraded from a felony to a misdemeanor by 2017. By 2018, she seemed to be emerging from the legal shadow. Sharing her experience with People Magazine, Chastain revealed that the incident made her more conscious of maintaining her personal privacy.

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[Credit: Bravo/YouTube]

Despite the controversy, Kate Chastain has retained her appeal among viewers. Known for her perfectionism on Below Deck, she continued to mesmerize fans on Traitors. When she announced a Traitors’ Marathon on Instagram in April last year, tens of thousands of fans responded positively.

Kate Chastain - Instagram
Kate Chastain – Instagram

The comments section was filled with admiration despite her past controversies. Some of the comments included:

  • “Just finished. LOVED you on the show 🔥🔥🔥”
  • “She [is] the only one who did so well in the show, the others … were soooo clueless, they were a mess…”
  • “She was my favorite on the show😍😍😍”

What do you think about how Kate Chastain navigated through the assault allegations and managed to continue her on-screen career successfully? While she’s no longer part of Below Deck, her popularity endures. Share your thoughts in the comments below.

Source: Bravo TV, Radar Online, People Magazine