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January 7, 2008
Ex-'Top Model' contestant becomes Sacramento's latest jailbird

OK, normally we like to reserve the salacious gossip and news tidbits for our US Weekly-reading pals, but this one's too big (and bad) to let go without a mention.

According to her own blog, model Elyse Sewell was arrested on Friday, Jan. 4, along with her now ex-boyfriend Marty Crandell. The pair, she says, was nailed on domestic assault charges in a Sacramento hotel following an alleged fight.

Sewell (pictured in a photo property of The CW) is, perhaps, most famous as the witty med student-turned- "America's Next Top Model" hopeful. She was eliminated third-from-last on the show's first season. Crandell, meanwhile, plays with the Shins, a popular Portland-based indie pop band whose 2006 CD "Wincing the Night Away" earned rave reviews.

The two, Sewell wrote, were traveling through Sacramento on their way to Portland. Here's her entry on the incident Sunday on her LiveJournal blog:

Think you had a (bad) weekend? Nah. Why not compare it to mine?

1.) On the drive home (home?) from Albuquerque to Portland, my ex-boyfriend got (drunk) 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.

2.) 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.

3.) I spent the night in jail.

The entry, posted by the Pitchfork music site, was previously available for anyone to read, but in a new entry posted Sunday night, Sewell had a change of heart, explaining, "I've decided to heed the advice of many commenters (lawyerly types) and lock my last entry about the legal foibles between me and my ex-boyfriend.

(That was, of course, after we were able to eyeball it!)

Sewell says she was released Saturday morning and, according to the Sacramento Sheriff's Web site, Crandell was released on Sunday. According to Pitchfork, both are expected to appear in court here in Sac later this week.

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