Many of you have been emailing me about a report about a month ago concerning allegations made against Thomas Ravenel regarding sexual assault. While I do mention my own sexual assault here from time to time, it is not a subject I really enjoy reporting on. In fact, I am avoiding the news today as more allegations are being covered in salacious detail. While I support the #MeToo movement, I can’t deny it is a difficult time for a lot of women, myself included when there is so much coverage on the news. So when I read the exclusive coverage of these allegations that first appeared on Fits News on April 12th, I had some decisions to make about how to cover it.
Let me start by saying my first reaction was NOT “Thomas Ravenel would never do that.” I mean we have seen how he treats women as playthings and brood mares on Southern Charm. There is literally nothing charming about the man. His treatment of women is deplorable yet he seems to have convinced himself it is part of his boyish charm. So my delayed reporting had nothing to do with Thomas.
It had to do with the woman who came forward. The alleged victim in this situation was a 53-year-old woman who lived in Mount Pleasant with her 29-year-old daughter in Mount Pleasant. Have we ever, in the history of Southern Charm seen Thomas even glance at an age appropriate woman? On the other hand, they supposedly met via Tinder which tends to do the matching for you. It’s plausible she was conveniently located.
The alleged victim in the case, signed an NDA six months after the December 2015 incident occurred in exchange for $200,000 in June of 2016. The daughter claims that the NDA was overseen by Gloria Allred. The mother and daughter then moved to Florida “to get away from Ravenel.”
The alleged assault happened when Thomas invited the alleged victim to his home. He gave her a tour of the main house and then took her to the guest house where he actually lived. This is where he assaulted her and then afterward told her to get herself an Uber. You can read the details on Fits News I’d rather not go through the entire situation.
The daughter took photos of her mother’s wrists. The victim contacted “a member of the Southern Charm cast” and Fits News has copies of the correspondence. One can presume the cast member was Kathryn.
If you go to Fits News, you will see in every single article where the daughter is talking about her mother’s assault, she is repeatedly referred to as a “model.” Occasionally she is referred to as a real estate agent and a model. She is 29 years old and it appears lives with her mother. In some articles on Fits News she is referred to as buxom. She retweeted the Fits News story to literally every gossip site on the Internet. Each article on Fits News has HUGE photos of her. She seems very thirsty. Each article has a different photo, none of which are professional modeling photos. She seems practically gleeful in telling the story about her mother’s sexual assault. I found that very unsettling. She claims that she decided to come forward because she saw him on Southern Charm being all full of himself. Then she says she never watched Southern Charm before the incident occurred. Then she says she forced herself to watch the show. She’s 29 and used to live where the show is filmed and never watched the show and didn’t know who Thomas Ravenel was even outside the show? There were a lot of things about the daughter’s telling that bothered me. Also, it doesn’t seem like her mother was approached by the daughter going public. The daughter seems to have taken it upon herself to come forward without discussing it with her mother first. Her mother found out when Thomas’ attorney’s contacted her about the daughter’s tweets on the subject last month. The daughter took the tweets down and then got angry and started a major social media campaign on the subject.
That said I felt bad about being conflicted. So I opted not to post about it at all.
Eventually, Bravo released a statement, “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.” I have zero faith in the misogyny channel of being capable of conducting an investigation or knowing what appropriate action would be.
Today, Fit News is exclusively reporting another woman has come forward
Multiple sources familiar with the situation tell us detectives with the city of Charleston, South Carolina police department have launched a preliminary inquiry into similar allegations involving the 55-year-old playboy.
This latest inquiry reportedly began with a five-hour interview on Monday morning/ early afternoon between Charleston detectives and one of Ravenel’s alleged victims – who spoke exclusively with FITSNews.com in the aftermath of her marathon session at police headquarters.
“I told them the truth about what happened to me,” the woman said. “They are investigating him.”
So that is where the current situation stands. Allegedly, Bravo has asked the cast not to publicly comment on the investigation.
UPDATE: There is an alternate theory being tossed around regarding the Thomas Ravenel situation. In this theory the timing of the alleged assault is very important. Their one and only meet up was on Christmas Day 2015 when Kathryn had the kids and Thomas was very distressed that he has no legal standing because they were not married. At this point Kathryn held all the cards in the custody situation and was limiting his interactions with the kids. He was drunk and probably coked up when the mother and daughter team reached out to him. The theory alleges that mother went with Thomas to his house and returned back to her place with her daughter. Then she reached out to her attorney friends and “the cast member” alleging she was assaulted. Perhaps it was not Kathryn, because she could have used it in court and the pair would have no leverage. She then allegedly had an attorney contact Thomas and told him that unless she was paid $200,000 she would go public with her allegations and severely damage his ability to gain custody. (If these allegations are true, that is blackmail, by the way). She was paid off on the condition she keep her mouth shut and move out of Charleston. Shortly after the money was paid the mother and daughter moved to Panama City.
There are two possible theories, one group believes that this was a plot from the mother and the daughter from the beginning and that one or both of them has some sort of criminal record. The believers of this theory discuss criminal records that I have not looked for to confirm or deny. The other theory is that Thomas was a jackass and their initial intention was to just get close to the show but Thomas was rude and or rejected her and the plot was to get revenge.
This is an interesting theory, but it doesn’t account for this mysterious second victim who supposedly went to the police in Charleston on Monday.
I am not taking a stand on any of these theories. I just felt once I read about the opposing theories I should present them as well. Also, the daughter’s modeling seems to be confined to some sort of porn site where she posts provocative photos and asks men to vote for her photo. It’s all very sordid. Allegedly.
Although the names of the mother and daughter have been published elsewhere, they will be removed in comments here. Please just use “the mother” and “the daughter” in comments. The fact that the daughter used her own name when making accusations on social media when it completely outed her mother, is yet another thing that unsettles me about this situation.