Southern Charm cast member and former South Carolina state treasurer Thomas Ravenel was jailed Tuesday in connection with a woman’s sexual assault allegation.
Charleston, SC police arrested Thomas and he was booked at the Charleston County jail. Thomas 56, faces a count of second-degree assault and battery. He was expected to have a bond hearing Tuesday afternoon.
In May, a 43-year-old North Carolina woman told Charleston officers that Thomas had sexually assaulted her in January 2015 at his Charlotte Street home.
Police spokesman Charles Francis confirmed that Thomas’ arrest was linked to the case, but further details are not currently available.
Under state law, the misdemeanor assault charge requires an attack that caused or could have caused moderate injury or the “nonconsensual touching” of a sexual nature. A conviction carries up to three years in prison.
T-Rav as he is affectionately known as comes from a prominent Charleston-area family and has made several runs for political office over the past two decades. His brief tenure as state treasurer ended in 2007 after a federal grand jury indicted him on cocaine possession charges.
Since its 2014 premiere, Thomas has appeared on Southern Charm, which chronicles the lives of Low-country socialites. In August, he said on Twitter that he would quit, lamenting a contract that allows producers to “fictionalize your story.”
“They took advantage of me. I decided I’ve got too much to lose,” he tweeted.
Source: The Post & Courier
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