Over four months after two women came forward and accused Southern Charm star Thomas Ravenel of sexual assault, Bravo has officially fired the former South Carolina State Treasurer. Just hours after police arrested Ravenel for second-degree assault, the network confirmed that he would not be returning for Season 6.
Ever since the women first made the allegations, rumors started to swirl that Bravo fired Ravenel, especially when he didn’t appear on the Season 5 reunion in June.
“Thomas was fired. He was let out of his contract, and unlike other people, he wasn’t even held to the one-year non-compete clause. He was 100% let out of the contract, and the production company severed all ties with him,” said an insider at the time.
I met Thomas Ravenel when he ran for the Senate in 2004. He was the single most irrationally overconfident person I had — and have — ever encountered. https://t.co/Qr3Gw3cRxg
— Chris Cillizza (@CillizzaCNN) September 25, 2018
Last month, Ravenel claimed on Twitter that it was his decision to leave Southern Charm, writing that producers had the right to fictionalize his story, and he decided that he had too much to lose. But, sources say that no one quits Bravo shows because they are locked into their contracts. Only the network or production company can end that relationship before the contract expires.
On Tuesday, after a South Carolina court issued a warrant for his arrest, Ravenel turned himself in to police for an alleged incident that took place in January 2015. However, a source close to Ravenel told Radar Online that he intends to fight the charges.
The insider says that Ravenel “plans to go full force against this woman,” and will fight back by subpoenaing her and everyone else involved.
According to the police affidavit, there is probable cause to believe that Ravenel committed the alleged crime. The victim — Ravenel and Kathryn Dennis’ former nanny — claims that Ravenel undressed her and made sexual advances. She also says that Ravenel sexually assaulted her before she escaped and called her ex-husband and sister.
Once she left the scene, the victim notified other family members and then took pictures of the injuries on her neck and chest. Detectives corroborated the date of the incident and location via employment records and witness interviews. They also now have the photographs that the victim took.
Leaving Charleston and at the airport I see Patricia Altschul. She informs me of Thomas Ravenel arrest. Hearing the news from her was better then a picture #southerncharm @Bravotv pic.twitter.com/EZYXuJsSeM
— Taylor Jentsch (@Tay9790) September 25, 2018
The victim also identified Ravenel as the assailant after the police showed her a photo of him.
Ravenel has had problems with the law in the past. Back in 2007, just one year into his term as treasurer, police arrested him for buying cocaine, and he ended up pleading guilty and spending ten months in prison.
He was also arrested in 2014 for DUI on Long Island, New York, and that resulted in him losing his license for six months.
With the current charges against him, Thomas Ravenel is facing up to three years in prison.
New episodes of Southern Charm will return to Bravo in 2019.