While Southern Charm Season 6 has plenty of drama to focus on, it’s been hard for the show to escape the ongoing custody battle between Thomas Ravenel and Kathryn Dennis. Part of this is because of how Thomas Ravenel continues to attack Bravo, Andy Cohen, and Kathryn Dennis alike. On top of that Ravenel has actually subpoenaed Southern Charm grande dame Patricia Altschul. It seems as if there’s no immediate end on the horizon, though Kathryn Dennis has recently expressed concerns over being a single mother should Ravenel end up earning jail time for the assault charges being brought against him.
The breakup and drug test
Kathryn Dennis and Thomas Ravenel split in 2016, and began the still ongoing custody battle for their two children, Kensie and Saint. The Southern Charm couple had always been a source of drama, between Thomas Ravenel’s penchant for cocaine and his sexual assault scandals, and Kathryn Dennis’ substance abuse problems.
It wasn’t long before those same substance abuse issues came to be a point of order in the courtroom. Kathryn Dennis was required to take a drug test as part of her court proceedings, which she failed. As a result, Dennis attended rehab in California. She returned to Charleston sobered up and living clean, ready to fight for her children. She and Ravenel received 50/50 custody of her kids, the court mandating that they ought to co-parent.
However, pending some very serious accusations against Thomas Ravenel, Kathryn Dennis has decided to seek sole custody of her children.
Thomas Ravenel’s sexual assault cases
Thomas Ravenel has been openly accused of sexual assault twice so far. In July of 2016, Thomas Ravenel was accused of sexual assault by Debbie Holloway Perkins.
Perkins met Ravenel via Tinder, and the two agreed to meet up. Ashley Perkins, the daughter of the victim, spoke with People about her mother’s date with Ravenel. “I helped her get ready – she wore a diamond tennis bracelet on her wrist. Her wrist was fine when she left the house. He left her voicemail saying he got lost on the way to pick her up. I thought he sounded a little inebriated.”
Perkins was allegedly sexually assaulted by Ravenel in his nanny room. Ashley Perkins went on to say that her mother’s wrists looked hurt the next morning. “Her wrists were starting to look bad the next morning. I said, ‘We need to see who we’re dealing with.’ She didn’t want to do anything. She was scared to go to court. I said right now you don’t want to do anything, let me take a picture of your wrist. Let’s get some evidence in case you want to do something.”
Ravenel and Perkins ended up settling out of court for $200,000, but it seems as if Ravenel failed to learn his lesson.
Ravenel has since been accused of second-degree assault and battery by his children’s former nanny, Dawn Ledwell. Ledwell accuses Ravenel of sexually assaulting her, once again in the nanny room.
According to what Ledwell told Page Six, Ravenel “approached [her] without any hesitation and attempted to kiss [her].” Ledwell adds, “It escalated from there where he wouldn’t take no for an answer. Although it wasn’t penile penetration, what he did do was identified by the law as first-degree forcible rape.”
Ravenel attacks Andy Cohen and Kathryn Dennis
As Ravenel faces the assault charges levied against him, he seems to have become increasingly desperate in his court case with Southern Charm star Kathryn Dennis. He’s begun pulling Bravo and Andy Cohen into the mix.
Ravenel has been claiming that Andy Cohen is “acting on behalf of Bravo.” According to a report from Inquisitr, “Ravenel says that it was with Bravo’s urging that Dennis’ storyline was always about her efforts to gain full custody, despite the fact that Kathryn and her legal team did not file for custody until after Ravenel was arraigned and booked on charges that he assaulted the family nanny.”
Ravenel has also claimed that Kathryn Dennis looked intoxicated on Andy Cohen’s show, Watch What Happens Live, a claim that Dennis has called “patently false.”