New developments have emerged in Thomas Ravenel’s sexual assault case. The disgraced Southern Charm star is now scheduled to go to trial to determine if he attacked his former nanny. The news is a huge blow to Ravenel’s legal team, who were hoping for a swift end to the drama.
This week, Judge Stephen Harris decided that the case against Ravenel should go before a jury. Judge Harris listened to witness testimony and select evidence from the Charleston Police Department.
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— Patricia Altschul (@Pataltschul) November 3, 2018
This includes testimony from a detective and photos that showed evidence of assault on the victim’s body. After looking at the evidence and hearing testimony, Judge Harris felt like there was enough reason to take the case to the next level.
Ravenel is facing assault and battery charges that stem from an incident inside his home in 2015. According to The Hollywood Gossip, the unnamed nanny claims that Ravenel tried to forcibly remove her clothes. She also says that the reality star groped private areas of the body and exposed himself. Ravenel’s daughter was asleep in the next room while the assault took place.
“While inside the location, the defendant undressed and made sexual advances on the victim,” the court records revealed.
The victim revealed that the underwire of her bra cut her skin while Ravenel attempted to take off her clothes. She also says that her shirt got caught around her neck during the assault, which made breathing difficult.
While Ravenel continued the attack, the nanny’s only defense was to crouch low to the ground.
We are hearing graphic testimony from a @CharlestonPD detective in the preliminary hearing for Thomas Ravenel. Ravenel is charged with assault and battery second degree. #chsnews pic.twitter.com/tzSWYNTQli
— Harve Jacobs (@policereporter) November 5, 2018
Bravo dropped Ravenel from Southern Charm shortly after they learned about the assault. Ravenel was a part of the series from the very beginning and formerly served as the state treasurer in South Carolina.
Although it was clear that Bravo wanted to cut ties with Ravenel, he claims that he left the series because producers were fictionalizing his story.
Thomas Ravenel continues to deny the charges of sexual assault and battery. He will not be a part of the new season of Southern Charm.