Just when you thought the Thomas Ravenel and Ashley Jacobs story was over, it turns out it is just getting started. Last week, the Southern Charm stars unfollowed each other on social media — and then followed each other again — before Jacobs posted a teary video on Instagram announcing that she and Ravenel had split. At the same time, Ravenel tweeted that he had decided to leave the Bravo show, but now a new report claims his contract required him to say that.
According to Tamara Tattles, Haymaker, the company who produces Southern Charm, gave Ravenel a full release from his contract, including the non-compete clause, but Bravo contractually required him to say that he decided to leave and not to mention the sexual assault allegations against him.
Ashley blamed alcohol, Thomas Ravenel, and the producers for her behavior. Never does she take 100% responsibility for her despicable behavior. Regardless of influences, all those words came out of HER mouth. Much too little very much too late. #ByeAshley
— BusyBeaching (@BusyBeaching) August 23, 2018
Allegedly, Bravo is very nervous about the possible legal nightmare that could emerge if prosecutors actually charge a cast member on one of their shows of sexual assault against another. However, Haymaker’s investigation into the Ravenel situation has apparently left out interviewing important cast members who would have information.
Bravo and Haymaker’s attempts to keep Ravenel’s sexual assault story from the top of the Google search results have not worked. The allegations are still in the headlines of every Ravenel story out there, so that could explain some of his recent bizarre tweets.
Ravenel used to be Charleston elite. But now that he has lost his substantial Southern Charm paycheck, it could be extremely difficult for him to continue to present himself that way. This is likely just the beginning of Ravenel’s unraveling.
Southern Charm's Ashley Jacobs 'Never Cheated' on Thomas Ravenel: 'He's Trying To Get a Reaction' https://t.co/ALlHRfcvHA
— People (@people) August 28, 2018
As for Jacobs, just 24 hours after she cried to fans in an Instagram live video and shared the news of her breakup and broken heart, cameras spotted her out on a date with a mystery man. While enjoying an evening out in a Charleston lounge, Jacobs was grabbing the man’s butt while he had his arm wrapped around her waist.
Since the pictures surfaced, Jacobs and Ravenel have been spotted together at a Charleston bar, after which they continued to sling mud at each other on social media. With Thomas Ravenel insinuating that Ashely Jacobs cheated on him, and her denying his claims.
New episodes of Southern Charm will return to Bravo in 2019.