Thomas Ravenel arrested for assault & battery, Southern Charm star in Charleston jail

Thomas Ravenel (Charleston County Detention Center).png
Thomas Ravenel (Charleston County Detention Center).png

Thomas Ravenel, former South Carolina state treasurer and star of the Bravo reality television series Southern Charm, has been arrested on a charge of second degree assault and battery.

But Ravenel's accuser, his former nanny, claims it was more than an assault; the woman says Ravenel raped her.

Ravenel, 56, was jailed at the Charleston County Detention Center on Tuesday, Sept. 25 shortly after 10 a.m. A judge has since granted Ravenel a $20,000 personal recognizance bond, and he is expected to be released from jail later Tuesday.

Ravenel's arrest is related to a May 2018 allegation of sexual assault against Ravenel. The woman came forward at the time saying Ravenel raped and assaulted her in his Charleston home in January 2015.

That woman is Ravenel's former nanny, who made appearances on Southern Charm as "Nanny Dawn."

His former nanny is not the only woman to accuse Ravenel of physical abuse. Also in May 2018, a Los Angeles woman accused Ravenel of attempted character assassination and cyber bullying during a brief fling in summer 2017.

Ravenel, who reemerged in the public eye as part of the cast of Southern Charm in 2015, is a disgraced former public official in South Carolina.

Ravenel was state treasurer of South Carolina until 2007, when he resigned amid federal cocaine distribution charges. Ravenel was sentenced to 10 months in prison for the crime.

ABC News 4 has reached out to Bravo for a reaction to the charges against Ravenel. Ravenel said in August 2018 he was quitting Southern Charm amid the rape and other allegations, saying he had "too much to lose."

Solicitor Scarlett Wilson, state prosecutor for Charleston and Berkeley counties, said in a statement Tuesday her office had not participated in the investigation of Ravenel leading up to the arrest. Wilson also said she is unable to comment on the merits of the case for a variety of reasons.