Disgraced Southern Charm star Thomas Ravenel is officially off the hook. The reality star was facing a sexual assault lawsuit stemming from an incident with a former nanny named Dawn Ledwell. But the two quietly settled out of court this past summer after Ravenel was forced to dish out over $100,000 to end the suit. Here’s everything we know about Ravenel’s settlement.
Thomas Ravenel and Ledwell reach a settlement
Official court documents revealed that Ravenel and Ledwell reached an agreement in July of this year. But instead of paying Ledwell a lump sum of money, Ravenel agreed to put the majority of the funds towards a non-profit organization.
According to The
Blast, Ravenel will pay $80,000 to a People Against Rape, and the donation
will be made in Ledwell’s name. The former Southern
Charm star also agreed to pay off all of Ledwell’s legal fees, which
amounted to around $45,000.
issue public statements and the court records were not kept private.
Although Ravenel no longer has to worry about Ledwell, her
case against Bravo and the producers of Southern
Charm is far from over.
Ledwell continues lawsuit
In 2018, Ledwell launched a lawsuit against Ravenel and Bravo over the alleged assault. The former nanny claims that producers of the show should have been held liable for what happened because they did not provide enough security.
She also argued that the series pushed storylines that
featured sex and alcohol, encouraging Ravenel to act out.
In court documents, Ledwell says that she informed Bravo
about the assault, yet the network did not launch an investigation. Instead,
they kept filming like nothing happened and kept Ravenel on the show.
Ravenel, of course, has been laying low since the scandal
and is doing everything in his power to rehab his image.
Once Thomas Ravenel’s sexual assault scandal made headlines, Bravo booted him from the series. While his case with Ledwell is now settled, we’re pretty confident that his time on the popular reality show is over.
Bravo answers back
As Ledwell continues her lawsuit against Bravo, the network
has finally responded to her claims. Bravo revealed that Ledwell signed a
contract when she appeared on the series that waved her right to take them to
Ledwell allegedly agreed to be a voluntary participant on Southern
Charm and even signed a release following the sexual assault allegations.
nanny and has asked a judge to dismiss the case entirely.
Ledwell, however, is not backing down. Her lawsuit with Thomas
Ravenel might be over, but she is still moving forward with her case against
the network. Depending on what Ledwell is asking, there is a chance that the
parties settle out of court, but we are not holding our breath.
Thomas Ravenel pleads guilty
This past September, Ravenel appeared in court to answer for
charges of third-degree assault and battery.
Despite denying any wrongdoing, Ravenel shockingly pleaded
guilty to the charges. The reality star, who was once the State Treasurer for
South Carolina, received a 30-day sentence for his crimes and had to pay out
Ledwell was not in court the day Ravenel pleaded guilty. She
did, however, pen a letter to him revealing the facts of what went down.
Per her recollection, Ledwell says that she was taking care of Ravenel’s daughter, Kensington Calhoun when he came into the room and assaulted her. The child was sleeping in the same room when the incident occurred.Ravenel reportedly trapped her in the room and attempted to
rip off her clothes. After a long struggle, Ledwell was able to escape. She
then called several people and told them what happened.
Ledwell also took photos of her injuries, which helped
detectives corroborate her story.
Following the guilty plea, Ledwell stated that Thomas Ravenel
should have been put in jail for what he did and was disappointed by the light