I hate to purple pen parts of a story published on another site, but I feel it is the only way I can weigh in on the latest reports by doing so. Thomas Ravel is off the rails. Apparently, the child custody judge is on his payroll.
I am quite fond of The Blast, so this is nothing against that site. I’m simply going to point out how my sources differ on a lot of issues here.
Southern Charm star Thomas Ravenel is trashing Bravo head Andy Cohen and accusing him of working with his ex-Kathryn Dennis to trash him publicly.
When the writer refers to Andy Cohen as the head of Bravo, I am skeptical about anything that follows. But there are court documents that he allegedly has access to, so I shall trudge on. But Andy Cohen has two jobs with Bravo, host of WWHL and host of reunion shows. That is the extent of his involvement. He has producer credits on the housewives franchise be cause he’s been a part of that from the beginning. Those rights come from the production company and are basically honorary titles at this point. He has access to the completed episodes before they air. He can give feedback. But, he is not a decision maker.
That said, Thomas Ravenel’s strategy for both his custody case, and his criminal case are identical. Namely, “It’s all a big conspiracy by my enemies!” In the custody case he alleges that Kathryn is in collusion with Bravo to exploit the children for ratings. This is FAKE NEWS. There is NO COLLUSION. Kathryn petitioned for full custody because of his assault case and the facts made public as a result of that filing.
According to court documents obtained by The Blast, Ravenel rushed back to court after the trailer for the current season of “Southern Charm” was released. He demanded the court set a hearing and was furious photos of his kids and the custody battle with Dennis was mentioned in the trailer.
I don’t recall if photos of his kids were used or not, but he signed away their rights years ago. He may be able to stop any further filming, but the old footage belongs to Bravo. And Kathryn is allowed to say she has a custody case on the show. And his sexual assault case is public record. The first episode about his arrest is what set him off.
What Thomas Ravenel Says Happened On WWHL
Ravenel then took issue with Dennis appearing on “Watch What Happens Live” with Andy Cohen. He accused her of looking “highly intoxicated on drugs and/or alcohol” on the show.
He claimed she said Ravenel “won’t leave me alone” during the episode. Ravenel even said Cohen (“acting on behalf of Bravo”) furthered the conversation by saying “that’s a good line” and “everyone is rooting for you.”
He says Cohen and Dennis used the show to trash him, all while a gag order had been issued in their case which prohibited either from talking about the case. Ravenel says that Cohen disparaged him on live television when he publicly stated to Dennis that “everyone is rooting for you” and portraying him as a liar.
What Really Happened on WWHL
He is what happened. Kathryn Dennis and Patricia Altschul were on WWHL after the premiere of Southern Charm Season Six. They barely acknowledged Thomas at all. A caller called in asking Kathryn if she thinks her life would have been different if she had dated Shep in season one. She was specifically asked if Shep was, “The one that got away.” Kathryn replied, “I don’t think I have anyone in my past who was the one that got away.” She paused and added, “I just have the one that won’t go away.”
Other than that she mentioned her new boyfriend, Hunter Price, meeting Thomas and Thomas pretending like he didn’t know who he was. That’s it. I don’t recall her mentioning her kids at all. Andy did say “everyone is rooting for you.” Because, duh.
Thomas Ravenel Thinks Kathryn Is Only Asking For Custody For A Storyline
He also points to Dennis having a story line on this season about her “getting full custody of her children.” Ravenel said Bravo failed to mention, in previous court proceedings, that they planned to use the custody drama as a storyline.
Dennis filed an affidavit in response to Ravenel saying she never disparaged him. She said Ravenel cherry-picked comments from “Watch What Happens Live” and denied talking about him at all.
She said his claim she looked intoxicated is “patently false.” Dennis argued he may be trying to deflect from his own alleged drinking problem. [Source: The Blast]
Kathryn’s custody battle may be her “storyline” but that is what is going on in her life. The idea that Kathryn is doing this just to have a storyline is ridiculous. She’s doing it for her kids. She did not seem impaired in anyway on the show. Even if you believe she is still drinking, which many people do, she would not do it around Patricia.
Thomas Ravenel Gets What He Wants
Then the same author at The Blast posted another story about the out come of Thomas’s motion:
Previously a judge had agreed to Kathryn’s motion to have the custody case sealed. When deciding Thomas’ motion, he decided to resolve the problem by lifting the seal on the custody case. WTF?
Despite there being no proof of Kathryn discussing custody at all, the judge claimed that Kathryn “remains dedicated to discussing the custody case in the media; discussing the father of her children, and her very private life. Therefore, sealing the record serves no legitimate purpose, nor does it protect the children – who are routinely exposed to the public and media.”
Also according to The Blast, “The judge noted that both Dennis and Ravenel have paraded their children in the media. He notes even though Ravenel isn’t on the show anymore he is still a public figure. He determined most of the dirty laundry is already out there and unsealing it adds no additional harm.
What Thomas Wants Is To Make Kathryn’s Medical Records Public
I mean, fair enough I guess. But sealing the case prevents private things from becoming public. Things neither of them want to talk about. Thomas Ravenel doesn’t care about the kids. He wants to air Kathryn’s dirty laundry including her mental and physical health records. That is what this is all about. And he won.
The judge admonished Kathryn saying, “it is clear to the Court that contrary to her own Motion and her Counsel’s argument, Mother has no interest in protecting the privacy of her children, based upon her frequent communications with the entertainment media.”
I hope that Kathryn’s attorney is requesting that this judge recuse himself due to bias. Because it seems like he is in Thomas Ravenel’s back pocket to me. Why would he say that about Kathryn after he granted her motion to seal the case? He knew then she was on a TV show. Bribery is all I can come up with.