“Southern Charm” star and former elected treasurer of South Carolina, Thomas Ravenel, is currently being investigated for sexual assault after a woman filed a complaint against him on Monday.
FitsNews reports that an unidentified woman filed a report with Charleston police on Monday, claiming the alleged incident happened in January 2015. According to court documents, the allegations listed include “forcible rape” and “sex offense.”
“I told them the truth about what happened to me,” the reported victim said. “They are investigating him.”
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This isn’t the first time Ravenel has been accused of sexual assault. People reports that real estate agent Ashley Perkins stated that her mother, Debbie Holloway Perkins, met Ravenel on Tinder in October 2015, then went on a date with him on December 25, 2015. Perkins said her mother became “withdrawn” after meeting Ravenel and eventually opened up about an alleged sexual assault.
“Her wrists were starting to look bad the next morning. I said, ‘We need to see who we’re dealing with.’ She didn’t want to do anything,” Perkins told People. “She was scared to go to court. I said right now you don’t want to do anything, let me take a picture of your wrist. Let’s get some evidence in case you want to do something.”
According to Perkins, her mother went to mediation over the matter and on June 1, 2016, she signed a non-disclosure agreement and settled the case against Ravenel for $200,000. Perkins said she wasn’t there when it happened, but relayed to People what she learned about the alleged incident.
“He pushes my mom onto the nanny’s bed, grabs her wrist with one hand, then he starts trying to pull her pants off. And she’s like ‘No, no, no, stop.’ He stuck his fingers inside of her vagina as well as her anus. She told me that he held her hands back with one arm and then pulled his penis out and shoved it in her face.”
Ravenel’s attorney, Richard P. Terbrusch, told People that since his client “enjoyed a certain amount of fame,” he’s the target of claims that simply aren’t true.
Last week, Haymaker, the company that produces “Southern Charm” on Bravo, started looking into the sexual assault claims again Ravenel. Bravo released a statement on Friday, announcing the investigation.
“Haymaker, the production company for Southern Charm, and Bravo take allegations like these very seriously. Haymaker is conducting an investigation, and once all the information is gathered and carefully reviewed, appropriate action will be taken.”
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[Feature Photo: Thomas Ravenel via AP/Jeffrey Collins]