Thomas Ravenel is back in the hot seat after another woman has come forward and accused him of sexual assault. A week after accusations first surfaced, the Southern Charm star was accused once again of sexually assaulting a woman – and fans of the show will recognize one of his victims.
Ravenel’s first victim has been identified as Nanny Dawn, who used to take care of Ravenel’s two kids. Dawn, who did not give out her last name, originally filed the sexual assault report on May 7. Dawn claims that Ravenel assaulted her back in the winter of 2015. Dawn was watching the kids while Ravenel went out to dinner with friends. When he returned home, the kids were asleep, and the reality star allegedly tried to kiss Dawn.
The nanny rejected Ravenel’s advances and told him his behavior was inappropriate. Although Ravenel settled for a hug, the terrifying incident didn’t end there.
Ravenel later trapped Dawn inside a room in the house. Dawn tried to escape but Ravenel didn’t let her. He then ripped off her clothes and all Dawn could think about was escaping the house in the cold winter evening without any clothes on. She understandably did not elaborate on what happened after the struggle in the bedroom.
Police are currently investigating the matter, but Dawn isn’t optimistic that justice will be served. According to The Hollywood Gossip, Dawn believes that Ravenel will get off easy and the charges will likely get dropped, at least based on statistics. We can only hope that isn’t the case, especially given the attention the #MeToo movement has generated this past year.
“I feel the only justice I will receive is to share my story in the efforts to educate the public and support assault survivors,” Dawn explained.
South Carolina detectives are investigating Ravenel and could charge him with first degree rape. A few weeks after the incident, Ravenel tried to apologize and assured Dawn that it wouldn’t happen in the future. Dawn eventually came forward and told friends about the incident, which prompted a series of harassing texts from the Southern Charm star. Ravenel eventually hired a new nanny to take Dawn’s place.
Ravenel has not commented on the scandal, though this isn’t the first time he’s faced sexual assault charges. In 2015, Ravenel met a woman named Ashley Perkins on a dating app and allegedly exposed himself after their date. Perkins took Thomas Ravenel to court and settled for a $200,000 payment.
New episodes of Southern Charm air Thursday nights on Bravo.