As viewers await the upcoming season of Southern Charm, Patricia Altschul and Cooper Ray got the party started early, with legal drama.
As fans know, current Southern Charm star, Patricia Altschul and Cooper Ray have exchanged barbs in a contentious social media war for many years.
In January 2019, Patricia claimed she has possession of evidence exposing Cooper slamming cast members, and Cooper accuses Patricia’s butler of bashing him to an unnamed client.
The colorful friendship crashed and burned during Season 3, after Cooper befriended Patrica’s arch-nemesis at the time, Kathryn Dennis. Cooper and Patricia met in late 2015 as cast members of the series.
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The lawsuit accuses Cooper Ray of engaging “in a consistent and extended course of attacking and maligning Ms. Altschul in public comments, videos, quotes in the media, publications to social media channels, as well as through other actions.”
The suit includes various screenshots of comments made by Cooper online that Patricia deems as “a persistent campaign of verbally abusing, defaming, and taking other action to harm Ms. Altschul and her reputation,” according to court documents below (Scroll to read all 14 pages).
The lawsuit also alleges that Cooper has claimed Patricia has “substance abuse issues, is a cheater and liar, and that she did not author her own book.”
In the suit, Patricia accuses Cooper of making defamatory statements that she claims are “were false or, at least, with reckless disregard of whether they were false or not.”
Patricia also claims Cooper Ray is promoting his business ventures using her likeness against her wishes, including the use of video clips, images and text to imply Patricia endorses his tour services.
The reality diva is claiming to have suffered emotional distress, and irreparable harm. She’s seeking actual and punitive damages.
Southern Charm season 6 premieres May 15, at 8 p.m. ET, on Bravo.