Southern Charm star JD Madison’s sexual assault scandal took an unexpected turn this week after his accuser, Susan Johnson, was arrested for filing a false report. Police in Mount Pleasant charged Johnson after they discovered some inconsistencies in her original story – and she’s now speaking out about the arrest.
This past summer, Johnson claimed that Madison drugged and sexually assaulted her with the help of a friend named Jay Schwartz. Johnson says that the reality star put a drug in her drink and assaulted her a few hours later.
Susan Johnson charged with filing a false police report. She told Mt. Pleasant Police last summer that #SouthernCharm star JD Madison raped her. Detectives say they uncovered "inconsistencies" in story and evidence showed allegations were untrue. pic.twitter.com/TXoX3XaRim
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This week, police inspector Chip Googe released a statement concerning Johnson’s allegations. According to Fits News, Googe revealed that they found inconsistencies in Johnson’s story that led them to believe the allegations were false. The information led to Johnson’s arrest and she was later released after posting a $10,000 bond.
The biggest issue with Johnson’s story concerned phone calls she made on the night of the assault. In her original report, Johnson claimed that the only phone call she remembered was between Madison and his wife, who called him while the assault was happening. Police, however, discovered that Johnson had made a phone call herself that night and sent a few text messages to friends.
Johnson called a police officer in Mount Pleasant in a conversation that lasted close to 10 minutes. The officer says that they did not talk about the assault and instead chatted about how one of Johnson’s friends had been recently hospitalized.
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Johnson’s lawyer, Trey Harrell, fired back after Googe’s statement and revealed that his client will fight the charges. He explained how Johnson does not remember much of anything that night because she was drugged. He also slammed the Mount Pleasant police for charging Johnson for making a false report and believes it could be detrimental to other woman who are afraid to come forward.
“Susan is going to fight this unfair, unfounded charge,” Harrell shared. “She was severely intoxicated on the night in question and so naturally there are some inconsistencies in her recollection.”
Southern Charm returns for Season 6 later this year on Bravo.