A former politician who made an abrupt exit after five seasons on the reality show “Southern Charm” has pleaded guilty to assault and battery. Deadline reports that Thomas Ravenel pleaded guilty Wednesday to third-degree assault and battery in a Charleston County, SC, courtroom.
Ravenel reportedly agreed to a $500 fine and a 30-day suspended jail sentence, and will be on probation.
“Ravenel was removed from the Bravo TV show in the wake of rape allegations by Dawn Ledwell, his children’s nanny,” Deadline reports. “She filed a police report against him in June 2018 after hearing of other sexual assault allegations made against him. He was arrested in September 2018.”
Ledwell reportedly accused Revenel of trying to kiss her while she was cleaning his home one evening. “From there, the incident escalated,” Deadline adds.
Ravenel is quoted in his admission in court saying: “Your honor, on the night of the incident I did attempt to kiss her and in so doing I grabbed her arm and that was wrong, and I am much appreciative of the opportunity to apologize to her in court today.”
Deadline adds: “Ravenel also has been accused in a separate sexual assault accusation from a woman he met on Tinder in 2015. Ravenel settled with that woman for $200,000 and had her sign a non-disclosure agreement, but the woman’s daughter brought up the allegations online.”
Ravenel, who’s the son of former South Carolina Congressman Arthur Ravenel Jr., was the state treasurer for six months in 2007 before he was reportedly indicted on federal cocaine distribution charges. “He resigned in July 2007 and was sentenced to 10 months in federal prison for the charges in March 2008,” Deadline notes.