SYTYCD’s Alex Da Silva re-arrested for rape; Megan Wants a Millionaire contestant is “person of interest” in model murder

After being arrested but not formally charged earlier this year, So You Think You Can Dance choreographer Alex Da Silva was arrested again and charged with “four counts of forcible rape, two counts of assault with intent to commit rape and two counts of sexual penetration by a foreign object,” according to the Los Angeles Times.

The case involves four victims over seven years all of whom were in Da Silva’s dance classes, but after his April arrest, “the L.A. County district attorney’s office declined to file charges and asked detectives to resubmit the case with additional evidence.” At the time, his attorney said the case had to do with “the difference between seduction and rape.”

Meanwhile, a contestant on VH1’s Megan Wants a Millionaire, Ryan Alexander Jenkins, “is a ‘person of interest’ in the case of a 28-year-old woman and swimsuit model who was found dead in a Dumpster in Buena Park,” the L.A. Times reports.

Jasmine Fiore was strangled and her body “was found stuffed in a suitcase and thrown in an Orange County trash bin,” according to The AP. Jenkins “is believed to be driving Fiore’s white 2007 Mercedes CL S550 with black rims and tinted windows,” the Times reported.

Jenkins publicist told TMZ, “Ryan is currently speaking to his attorney and will fully cooperate with the police in this matter. He is planning on meeting with them in the near future.” TMZ says Jenkins and Fiore married earlier this year after he “went right to Vegas after getting booted from the show and met Fiore.”

‘So You Think You Can Dance’ choreographer charged with sexual assault and Reality TV show contestant is ‘person of interest’ in the case of a model found dead in Dumpster [Los Angeles Times]
Body in suitcase identified as swimsuit model [AP]
Person of Interest in Model Murder Married Victim [TMZ]

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