Things appear to have gone south with Thomas Ravenel and at least some of his Southern Charm co-stars…
According to Fits News, the allegations of sexual assault recently made against Thomas by several women have caused a rift between him and some of his cast mates, with a number of them reportedly now refusing to film the show with him.
“Several cast members made it clear they would no longer feel comfortable filming scenes with the 55-year-old playboy,” Fits News, which helped break the story of the allegations against Thomas, reported earlier this week.
As The Ashley previously told you, Bravo confirmed that Thomas would be a no-show for the Season 5 reunion, which the rest of the cast began filming this weekend in New York City. The network has yet to reveal if Thomas will continue to appear on ‘Southern Charm’ going forward.
“As an explanation about why Thomas was not at the reunion, the network planned to announce that the former politician was not returning to the series, but that information leaked last week,” Fit News’s guest columnist Amy Feinstein recently wrote. “Before the production company made the decision to pull the plug on Thomas’ invite to the reunion, at least two cast members had said they didn’t want to participate if Ravenel was attending.”
Last month, at least two women came forward, accusing Thomas of sexual assault. (One of the women—known as Nanny Dawn to ‘Southern Charm’ fans—has appeared on the show.)
Thomas has denied the allegations against him, telling Fits News in April, “I’ve never assaulted a woman in my life.”
It is not known which of Thomas’ cast mates are allegedly refusing to film with him. Various sites have reported that the network issued the ‘Southern Charm’ crew a gag order so that they would not discuss the Thomas situation publicly.
Tamara Tattles has reported that the gag order is being lifted at the Season 5 Reunion, and Thomas’ co-stars will be allowed to discuss his legal woes on camera. Assuming the cast does dish on the Thomas allegations during the reunion, we’re anxious to hear what Thomas’ ex and baby mama, Kathryn Dennis, will have to say—if anything at all.
Kathryn shares two kids—Kensie, 4, and Saint, 2—with Thomas, though she lost custody of the children in 2016 after a failed drug test. While the couple has had quite the tumultuous relationship over the past two years, recent videos posted by Thomas to Instagram show the exes getting along (and even practicing cheerleading moves together…)
As for Thomas’ future on the show, rumors are swirling that Season 5 will be the ex-politician’s last, though Bravo nor Haymaker, the show’s production company, have yet to confirm or deny these claims.
Bravo did, however, confirm in a statement issued last month that an investigation was being conducted regarding the allegations against the reality star.
“Haymaker, the production company for ‘Southern Charm,’ and Bravo take allegations like these very seriously,” the statement claimed. “Haymaker is conducting an investigation and once all the information is gathered and carefully reviewed, appropriate action will be taken.”
(The Charleston Police Department is also investigating the sexual assault claims.)
Thomas is currently dating Ashley Jacobs, who isn’t exactly winning the hearts of the ‘Southern Charm’ cast herself this season.
Ashley has been noticeably absent from Thomas’ social media for the last few weeks, causing some fans to speculate that he and Ashley had called it quits. However, Ashley shut down those rumors this week.
When asked by one of her followers if she and Thomas were still in a relationship, Ashley replied, “Awww! Yes, of course we are! Sorry to keep you guessing!”
At press time, the network had not announced any plans to eliminate Thomas from the cast of ‘Southern Charm.’
(Photos: Bravo, Instagram)