If you are a lover of reality television, especially of Tyra Banks‘s hit show America’s Next Top Model, you will be amazed by the rest of this post. OR if you are a lover of The Garden State OR of sensitive music written by men, you will also be riveted.
OK, so fans of ANTM Season 1 will already know a little something about Elyse Sewell. For those who don’t, Elyse was the awesome chick from the first season of ANTM who famously hated all the other b-tches in the house and was bored out of her mind talking to all the vapid airheads she was forced to live with. She was the cool chick with the short hair and was often seen wearing Shins t-shirts, since she was the girlfriend of The Shins keyboardist, Marty Crandall.
The couple in happier, less violent times. Photo from Elyse Sewell’s Livejournal.
Since being on ANTM, Elyse has successfully been working as a model, mainly in the Asian markets (because Asians like dark-haired pale, skinny white people?) and from what I can surmise from reading her LiveJournal blog every now and then, her and Marty had an intense on-off relationship for a number of years.
And this is where it all gets crazy, earlier today Elyse posted photos of her bruised arm and a brief account of how on the drive back home from Albuquerque to Portland, boyfriend Marty got “shitfaced” and allegedly physically assaulted her at a Sacramento hotel. She claims to have escaped from the room and gone downstairs to inform the hotel staff that her boyfriend had beat her up, and then they called the police.
When the po po came to the scene, Marty showed them a bite-mark on his arm (which Elyse claims was inflicted in self-defense) and told them he wanted to press charges of domestic violence against Elyse. The face arrested Elyse, who spent a night in jail before posting bail.
The 5’9″, 145-pound Marty has also been arrested for Corporal Injury to a Spouse/Cohabitant and Domestic Violence (picked up last night around 8:30pm), but he hasn’t quite figured out how to post bail–he’s still in jail, and you can follow his status of freedom on SacSheriff.com by searching under his name “Martin Lesley Crandall”. If anyone wants to spring $25,000, you can probably get really great seats to the next Shins show.
Both Elyse and Marty will be in court on 1/8 in Sacramento to have a hearing.
UPDATE: Martin Crandall is now a free man according to SacSheriff.com. He was released as of 1/6/08.
UPDATE 1/8/08: Sewell has been cleared of all charges, Crandall is expected to be cleared as well tomorrow.