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Ariel Castro Daughter Speaks Out On Kidnappings: ‘I’m So, So Sorry’ [Video]

Ariel Castro Daughter Speaks Out On Kidnappings - 'I'm So, So Sorry' [Video] 234768743

Ariel Castro’s daughter, 22-year-old Arlene Castro, has offered a tearful apology to the three women her father allegedly kidnapped and kept captive at his Cleveland home for more than a decade.

Appearing on Thursday’s Good Morning America, Castro said she was “so, so sorry” for the ordeal the three women had been through. She also urged kidnap victim Gina DeJesus, who was friends with Arlene in her teenage years, to reach out:

“I would like to say I’m absolutely so, so sorry. I really want to see you, Gina. And I want you to meet my kids. I’m so sorry for everything.”

Castro added:

“I’m going to have to say I’m really disappointed, embarrassed, just mainly devastated about this whole situation.”

Ariel Castro’s daughter confirmed she had never met the six-year-old daughter of Amanda Berry, who was allegedly fathered by Ariel Castro. She also revealed she’d never been close to her father, who she last spoke to in April:

“Me and my father were never really that close. Every time we would talk it would just be short conversations, just a ‘hello,’ ‘how are you, doing?’ and ‘let me know if you need anything,’ and that was it.”

As a close teenage friend of kidnap victim Gina DeJesus, Castro would have been one of the last people to see her before she vanished in 2004. In a 2005 interview with America’s Most Wanted, a 14-year-old Arlene was interviewed about her missing friend:

Ariel Castro is accused of imprisoning Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, and Michelle Knight for several years.

The 52-year-old appeared at Cleveland’s municipal court on Thursday, where he was charged with kidnap and rape. Bail was set at $2 million for each of the four charges against him.

You can watch GMA‘s interview with Ariel Castro’s daughter below, along with a full transcript of the exchange.

Anchor: Thank you so much for joining us this morning, Arlene. You were probably the last person to see Gina DeJesus alive. What was your reaction when you learned that your father had confessed to holding her captive for so many years?
Arlene Castro: I’m going to have to say I’m really disappointed, embarrassed, just mainly devastated about this whole situation.

Anchor: When was the last time you spoke to your father?
AC: It was late last month.

Anchor: And had you been in regular contact with him, and had you any kind of inkling at all that something like this could be going on inside his home?
AC: No, I had no idea. Me and my father were never really that close. Every time we would talk it would just be short conversations, just a ‘hello,’ ‘how are you, doing?’ and ‘let me know if you need anything,’ and that was it. Every time.

Anchor: And did you ever meet the little girl, Jocelyn?
AC: No, I’ve never met her before.

Anchor: In terms of violence in the home, did you ever witness that?
AC: Oh no, never. Never.

Anchor: And what would you like to say to Gina, her family, and the other women now?
AC: I would like to say I’m absolutely so, so sorry. I really want to see you Gina. And I want you to meet my kids. I’m so sorry for everything.

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5 Responses to “Ariel Castro Daughter Speaks Out On Kidnappings: ‘I’m So, So Sorry’ [Video]”

  1. Anonymous

    Ariel Castro beat his wife, Arlene's mother, and broke her nose twice, yet she claims to have never seen violence in their household. In another interview she said she wanted people to know this was no reflection on the rest of her family and there was no "monster" in their blood, yet it's come out that her sister is serving 25 years for attempted murder of her own child whose throat she cut 4 times. And she was the last person to see her friend Gina before she disappeared.

    Put all that together and I don't believe squat she says, there are too many lies, omissions, and shady things involved in this story. I mean, her mother left the man because of his violence and abuse, and now she claims she never saw any in her household. I guess Mom just walked into doors a lot? If you lie, then everything else you say is suspect.

  2. Anonymous

    And while we are speaking of lies, Arlene chose to live with her Dad rather than live with her mother like the other kids, but now she says they were never close….come on now….do you believe that? It's a lie. Just like the lie that she never witnessed her father abuse her mother. You may think her body language shows sincere emotional pain and empathy, but I think it's sincere fear that she will get pulled into this mess. This family is a mess.

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