'Southern Charm': Thomas Ravenel quits show following sexual assault allegations

After working with the reality show for four years, Thomas Ravenel has bowed out after multiple women accused him of sexual assault


                            'Southern Charm': Thomas Ravenel quits show following sexual assault allegations

'Southern Charm' star Thomas Ravenel has announced that he will be cutting ties with the show following sexual assault allegations. After working with the reality show for four years, the star has bowed out after multiple women accused him of sexual assault. Ravenel took to Twitter to make the announcement and wrote, "I'm not doing the show anymore. In the contract, they have the right to fictionalize your story. They took advantage of me. I decided I've got too much to lose and informed them I'm not coming back."

'Southern Charm' chronicles the personal and professional lives of seven socialites who reside in Charleston, South Carolina. The show focuses on the southern culture and political history of the area and has featured local historical places like Lewisfield Plantation and the Mikell House. 



Ravenel was not present for the Southern Charm season 5 reunion, which was taped in June and aired last month, due to the investigation into the claims against him. 

A statement from Ravenel's attorney said, "Along with Bravo, our client made the mutual decision not to attend today's reunion taping as there is a pending investigation. Our client is fully cooperating with authorities on that investigation. He expects to be completely vindicated once the investigation is concluded. He sends his best regards to his fans and his fellow castmates."

Earlier in May, real estate agent Ashley Perkins had accused Ravenel of sexually assaulting her mother on a date in December 2015. She had alleged that Debbie Holloway Perkins had met Ravenel on dating app Tinder in October 2015 and, during the date, he "grabbed her by the wrist and held her down. He then proceeded to pull his penis out." She also said that her mother had "said no and then he shoved his fingers inside of her vagina and later her anal area."

At the time, the production company and Bravo had said that the allegations were under review. In a statement, they later said, "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." The case was settled for $200,000.

Ravenel was also accused of sexual assault by a woman who came forward in May to the Charleston Police. The victim alleged that the "sex offense" and "forcible rape" happened in January 2015.

Then, Nanny Dawn, who also appears on the Bravo show, alleged that after Thomas "returned home from an evening with friends" he tried to get it on. When she refused, "he hugged" her "as an alternative."  she said. “I had baby bottles in my hands, so I couldn’t hug him. It felt like he was putting his weight on me." She continued, "he shut the door behind me. I turned around and he had his pants dropped, not wearing underwear"

His attorney said in a statement, "My client enjoys a certain degree of fame, which has unfortunately made him a vulnerable target for such claims," said Richard P. Terbrusch, "The person this woman describes is simply not the man that I know. My client is a loving father, successful businessman, and upright member of the community. He is appalled and hurt by these allegations — and is committed to defending his reputation in the appropriate legal forum."