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Ex-'Top Model' finalist Elyse Sewell and ex-beau arrested after fight


By Christopher Rocchio and Steve Rogers, 01/07/2008 

Former America's Next Top Model first-season contestant Elyse Sewell saw her romantic relationship with Shins rocker Martin Crandall come to a rocky end that left both behind bars over the weekend.

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"On the drive home (home?) from Albuquerque to Portland, my 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," Sewell posted Saturday on her personal LiveJournal blog.  "Because he had a bite mark, inflicted in self-defense, on his arm, Marty told the police to PRESS CHARGES OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AGAINST ME. Now I am a felon."

"Because this happened," Sewell clarified in a follow-up response to a commenter who asked whether Crandall was "an ex before this happened, or because this happened."

Sewell wrote she "spent the night in jail" and posted a photo of what she alleged to be bruises on her arm that she received from the altercation with Crandall.

"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?'" wrote Sewell.  "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!'"

Sewell said a bail bondsman was responsible for getting her out of "the hoosegow" on Saturday morning and took her to a Sacramento hotel, where she is awaiting her Tuesday court date. 

"Ideally, once Marty is sober and out of jail, he will drop the charges against me," Sewell wrote in another follow-up comment posted early Sunday afternoon.

Sewell and Crandall, the 32-year-old keyboardist for the Shins, had been dating for seven years, according to Sewell.  Crandall was released on Sunday, according to information available on the Sacramento County Sheriff's Department website.

"I'm stuck in Sac-town, alone and lonely, for 4-5 days until court. Court! OMFG," wrote Sewell.  "On the flip side, I'm single and um, ready to mingle. Blind date, anyone?"

The 25-year-old Albuquerque, NM native graduated from the University of New Mexico with degrees in biology and Spanish.  She appeared as one of 10 finalists on Top Model's Summer 2003 first season on the now-defunct UPN, which also included an appearance by Crandall after Sewell won a challenge and was rewarded with a visit from a family member or friend.

Sewell eventually finished third behind runner-up Shannon Stewart and winner Adrianne Curry.

(Photo credit UPN)


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