Two women have accused Southern Charm star Thomas Ravenel of sexual assault — one of whom was his former nanny.
The woman, who was referred to as “Nanny Dawn” (above, insert) on the Bravo series, told People that she is the one who reported Ravenel on May 7 for an alleged encounter from January 2015.
Dawn, who worked for Ravenel and his ex-girlfriend Kathryn Dennis as a caretaker for their two children, claimed that the former South Carolina State Treasurer came home from “an evening with friends” one night and tried to kiss her in the kitchen.
She claims she rebuffed his advances and then went upstairs to get her jacket and keys. It was then Dawn alleges she was “corralled into the master bedroom and [Ravenel] shut the door behind me.” She continued:
“I turned around and he had his pants dropped, not wearing underwear. He was blocking the door. I was mortified, embarrassed, and scared… I was unsure what to do because Kensie was sleeping very close by. He proceeded to rip my clothes off, and I struggled to redress. I remember how worried I was that I may have to run outside in the January cold without clothes on and in an upscale neighborhood. I lived almost an hour away so I would have to drive home naked.”
Dawn didn’t go into further detail about the alleged assault, but claimed she eventually got away from Ravenel, who allegedly apologized several weeks later and “promised it would never happen again.”
After struggling with the emotions that followed, Dawn says eventually told Dennis about the alleged encounter — which only intensified the 25-year-old’s already strained relationship with Ravenel.
Dawn was then subjected to intense victim shaming from Ravenel and would eventually be replaced by a new nanny, Deidre Blair Politelli.
Now with Ravenel being investigated for “first-degree forcible rape,” Dawn said she wants to help empower other victims of assault:
“Victims are reluctant to report crimes and inequality due to the fear of humiliation and retaliation. Perpetrators will not be held accountable for their behavior if we blame the victim. It’s not the victim’s fault. Abuse is a conscious choice by the abuser. No means no. Times up!”
The 43-year-old also said she was empowered by Ashley Perkins coming forward to share the story of her mother allegedly being assaulted by Ravenel at the end of their date in 2015.
Bravo and Haymaker, the Southern Charm production company, announced last week that they are investigating the allegations. The network said in a statement:
“Haymaker, the production company for Southern Charm, and Bravo take allegations like these very seriously. Haymaker is conducting an investigation, and once all the information is gathered and carefully reviewed, appropriate action will be taken.”
Do the right thing, Andy Cohen.