VIDEO: Ariel Castro had ‘harmony’ with victims, claims sex was consensual

Cleveland kidnapper Ariel Castro admitted at his sentencing Thursday that he was addicted to porn and “sick” but said he is not a monster.

In a rambling statement, Castro addressed the court, saying he knew what he did was wrong, but that the house where he held three young women against their will for more than a decade had “harmony.”

He spoke about the accusations of domestic abuse by his ex-wife, saying, “I couldn’t get her to quiet down.”

Castro then went on to take the court, in disturbing detail, through the time period of his life before abducting the three young women.

“I was single for about five years. In that time, I continued to practice the art of masturbation … sometimes two to three hours a day nonstop,” he said.

He added, “I know it’s 100 percent wrong, but they are trying to say that I am a violent person. I’m not a violent person. … I am a moral person. I am just sick.”

He spoke about each victim and their families, saying about Michelle Knight, “I haven’t seen her much … because from day one, nobody missed her.”

Knight addressed the court before Castro’s statement, telling her captor, “My hell is over. Your hell is just beginning.”

As he went on, Castro said most of the sex he had with his victims was consensual: “Practically all of it was consensual. These girls were not virgins. They had multiple partners before me — all three of them.”

He said he was a good and loving father to the daughter he fathered with Amanda Berry while she was in captivity.

“She would probably say, ‘My dad is the best dad in the world,’” Castro said of his daughter. “She had a normal life.”

“Finally, I would like to apologize to the victims. I am truly sorry for what happened. To this day I am trying to answer my own questions, because we had a lot of harmony in that house,” he said, choking back tears. “I had everything going on for me. I have a good history of working and providing. … I just hope they find it in their hearts to forgive me.”

Castro was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole, plus 1,000 years, for the kidnappings and rapes of Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight.


News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
International

'Barack Obama cheats on Michelle' claims Japanese politician…

A senior Japanese politician has marred Barack Obama's official visit to Tokyo with bizarre claims that the President cheats on his wife Michelle. Kazuyuki Hamada,…

International

British Royal family devastated by freak NY death…

The British royals have been left devastated by the death of Mark Shand, younger brother of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, after a freak fall in…

Local

Philadelphia principal has President Obama's ear

The West Philadelphia head is gathering ideas to present to the White House.

Local

Neighbors testify at Overbrook roommate slaying trial

Neighbors and roommates were called to testify Wednesday in the trial of Renaldo Robichaw, 56, charged with murder for the death of roommate Albert Smith, 48.

Television

‘Survivor: Cagayan’ recap: Episode 9

It was only an hour-long episode, but there's a lot to cover this week. The drama of Survivor strikes again as the identity of the…

Television

TV watch list, Wednesday, April 23: 'Suburgatory,' 'Modern…

'Suburgatory' The men of "Suburgatory" go camping and Tessa mentors a social outcast in a Miss Chatswin contest, which brings her, once again, into conflict…

Movies

Latin culture highlighted at Filadelphia film fest

Get ready to have a “Bad Hair” day at the upcoming Filadelphia Latin American Film Festival. We mean that in the best possible way. The…

The Word

The best lines from Oprah's ex-stepmother's Daily Mail…

Oprah’s ex-stepmother, Barbara Winfrey, is out for revenge.

NFL

2014 NFL Mock Draft: Updated, new April 24…

2014 NFL Mock Draft: Updated, new April 24 version

NFL

Eagles will spend Thanksgiving in Dallas, play four…

The Eagles have an impressive, challenging and exciting schedule in 2014.

NFL

NFL releases Eagles 2014 schedule

The Eagles have four primetime games, face the Cowboys on Thanksgiving and host the Seahawks in a dynamic, challenging and impressive schedule.

NHL

All signs suggest Steve Mason will start in…

Flyers head coach Craig Berube elected to put Steve Mason in net for the final minutes of Game 3.

Style

Pippa Middleton's Etsy pick: Golden Thread Jewelry

Get a look at the jewelry Pippa Middleton loves and find out how you can buy it too.

Parenting

What every parent needs to know to get…

Mom and author of "Small Talk," Tracey Blake, shares her five practical tips to help you develop your children's language skills.

Sex

Subway crush: Meet your soulmate on your commute

Read about a couple who has been 40 years after meeting on the train.

Tech

Happy birthday, Game Boy! The handheld console turns…

Nintendo's Game Boy turns 25 this week. To commemorate, we look at some of its better games, like "Tetris" and "The Legend of Zelda: Link’s Awakening."