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Journalist castrated and murdered

A celebrity Portuguese television journalist has been found castrated and bludgeoned to death in a US hotel and his companion, a male model who had recently been a contestant on a reality TV show, is in police custody.

Workers at the InterContinental New York Times Square hotel in Manhattan discovered the mutilated body of the 65-year-old journalist, Carlos Castro, in his room.

He had arrived in the US in late December with his boyfriend, the model Renato Seabra, to see some Broadway shows and spend New Year's Eve in Times Square, according to a family friend.

Security guards at the hotel opened the door to the room and found the body.

Renato Seabra left the scene, but was detained by police hours later and is being examined at Bellevue Hospital.

No charges have been filed against him, the New York Police Department said.

Police said the victim suffered serious head trauma but cause of death has not yet been established.

Mr Seabra was a contestant last year on a Portuguese TV show called A Procura Do Sonho (Pursuit of a Dream), which hunts for modelling talent.

He did not win the show but did get a modelling contract with designer Fatima Lopes, who developed the show and was a judge on it.

Mr Castro was admired in Portugal for his bravery in coming out as a gay man and "revealing the feminine side of his personality", said Rui Pedro Tendinha, a film critic.

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