Thomas Ravenel pled guilty to charges of third degree misdemeanor assault after being accused of sexual assault by a former nanny.
The Southern Charm alum, 57, entered his plea in a Charleston County courtroom on Wednesday, September 11. He received a 30-day sentence suspended to a $500 fine.
Ravenel made a statement to the court, “On the night of the incident, I did attempt to kiss her and in doing so I grabbed her arm and that was wrong, and I am much appreciative of the opportunity to apologize to her in court today,” he told the judge.
Ravenel shares daughter Kensie, 5, and son Saint, 3, with ex Kathryn Dennis.
Kathryn Dennis, 26, filed for primary custody in October 2018. The reality star lost custody of the two children in 2016 after failing court ordered drug tests, but regained joint custody after completing a stint in rehab and maintaining sobriety.
As reported, Thomas Ravenel submitted explosive evidence to the court that shows Kathryn conspired with nanny, Dawn Ledwell, the former employee that accused the Charleston real estate developer of sexual assault.
According to court records, Kathryn along with Southern Charm producers worked hand-in-hand with Dawn Ledwell to orchestrate sexual assault charges against the former South Carolina State Treasurer.
In December 2015, “she was upset because I hired an additional nanny, Diedre, to care for Kensie and Saint,” Thomas states in court documents. But Dawn Ledwell didn’t make the accusations public until 2018.
“The more information uncovered about Kathryn’s actitivies, the more Katyryn was found to be connected to Dawn.”
“On Sunday, May 6, 2018, I requested that Kathryn submit to a drug test in anticipation of our coming mediation to discuss changes in her visitation and child support. I needed to know if she was drug free to offer her more time. The very next day …. The day I made Kathryn submit to a drug test Dawn went to the police and filed a criminal complaint against me.”
Through subpoena, Thomas Ravenel obtained Kathryn’s credit card statements, which show she paid a law firm $20,000 on the same day Dawn filed a criminal complaint — days before it became public information.
Meanwhile, Kathryn played the supportive baby mama during this time — assuring Thomas that she loved him and had no involvement in Dawn’s complaint.
“It disgusts and horrifies me to find out she was communicating with Dawn and procuring an attorney the same time she was sending me these messages.” Thomas states in court documents.
Kathryn filed for sole custody the same month Southern Charm began filming season 6. He claims her previous storyline was gaining 50/50 time with their kids and says the natural progression for her would be getting sole custody. He adds, “Dawn going public and filing a criminal complaint against me was the ammunition she believed she needed to accomplish that.”