Thomas Ravenel was attacked by some random male in a bar in Charleston last week. He was headbutted by the male patron causing his left eye to swell shut.
According to Charleston City Paper:
Ravenel says a man was making derogatory statements to him and causing a disturbance, which drew the attention of security. As the man was being removed from the bar, he slipped free and head-butted Ravenel in the face before being tossed out, according to the TV personality and former state treasurer.
Police were alerted to the assault and tracked down a man fitting the description of the attacker. The suspect was asked by the officer to return to the bar to be identified by the victim and witnesses. Upon re-entering the bar, Ravenel immediately pointed out the suspect and said, “That’s the guy who hit me,” according to the incident report. The suspect first denied he assaulted Ravenel, but then admitted, “He deserved it,” the report says.
The attacker was arrested and charged with simple assault but T-Rav declined to press charges at that time. He felt as though charging the guy would result in negative publicity where he might not be seen as the victim of the incident.
“I can’t press charges. I can’t do anything. I just have to get my face disfigured,” says Ravenel. “I can’t defend myself because of the show and who I am.”
As a former wrestler at The Citadel, Ravenel says he would have no problem fighting off the average unruly bar patron, but the risk of getting into a public brawl is too much for someone with his reputation.
“I can’t defend myself or they would put me under the prison,” he says.
According to Live5News:
Authorities say two hours later, Ravenel called police and said he did in fact wish to press charges, and wanted police to go to the suspect’s home and re-arrest him for the assault.
Police told Ravenel that too much time had passed since the incident and officers could not re-arrest the offender. A CPD report states that authorities advised Ravenel of warrant procedures and the incident would be followed up by an investigator.
According to police, Ravenel said it was unacceptable and stated,”I want him to sit in jail all night so he can think about what he’s done.”
Police then again informed Ravenel of the warrant procedures and CPD procedures.
The incident report states Ravenel then became upset and said,”Just forget about the whole thing, I’m going to bring a 10 million dollar lawsuit against the city.”
Police officials say authorities then told Ravenel once more about their procedures, after which Ravenel said,”Just forget it!” and hung up.
Well, that sounds like Thomas.