Top Model’s Elyse Seawell and her Shins band member ex jailed after domestic violence

America’s Next Top Model‘s first third-place contestant, Elyse Sewell, was jailed along with her boyfriend, a member of the Shins, after what she describes as “domestic violence against me.”

On her Livejournal blog, in a post reproduced by The Stranger, Elyse wrote that her “ex-boyfriend got shitfaced and roughed me up in a Sacramento hotel. I escaped from the room through a blitzkrieg of violence and talked to hotel security, who called the fuzz.” Her ex is Marty Crandall, a member of the alternative/indie rock group The Shins.

Elyse writes that “[b]ecause he had a bite mark, inflicted in self-defense, on his arm, Marty told the police to PRESS CHARGES OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AGAINST ME,” and that she “spent the night in jail.” There, she says, the jail’s employees were “Americas Next Top Model fans, all. As the warden took pics of my bloody knuckles for evidence (!!!! evidence!), he quipped, ‘So there goes that hand modeling job, huh? What’s Tyra going to say about this?’ And here is how I was summoned from the holding cell for a strip-search, complete with a thorough plumbing of the boodissy: ‘Hey, Supermodel! Git over here!’”

She has since “locked” the entry, writing in a new post that she “decided to heed the advice of many commenters (lawyerly types) and friends-lock my last entry about the legal foibles between me and my ex-boyfriend. You will be able to re-experience the magic after our court date (COURT!!!!!!!!!) on Tuesday, when I will unlock it.”

Willamette Week reports that “Sewell was released Saturday, after one night in lockdown, while an inmate search on the website of the Sacramento County Sheriff reveals Crandall remained in jail until being released yesterday.”

Elyse Sewell’s Journal [Livejournal via MetaFilter]
Shins’s Marty Crandall, Girlfriend Arrested on Domestic Assault Charges [The Stranger]
Shins’ Marty Crandall Winces the Weekend Away in Jail for Domestic Violence [Willamette Week]

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