Kathryn Dennis’ Politician Ex Joseph Abruzzo Files Lawsuits Against Bravo & ‘Southern Charm’ Cast Members Over Comments Made About His Career & Genitals


“Thanks for reminding me why I swore off dating politicians.”

Kathryn Dennis‘ politician ex Joseph Abruzzo is taking legal action against Bravo and a few members of the Southern Charm cast for some less-than-flattering comments that were made about him during Season 6 of the show. 

According to Reality Blurb, Joseph — whom Kathryn referred to as “Joe” on ‘Southern Charm’ — is suing Bravo and cast members Chelsea Meissner, Craig Conover and Madison LeCroy for intentionally inflicting emotional stress, fraud, negligence, defamation and more after they talked about him having “Ken doll penis” on-camera and compared him to Kathryn’s baby daddy Thomas Ravenelanother former politician.

Chelsea, Craig and Madison may be in some hot water over their not-so charming comments…

Joe and Kathryn met in the fall of 2018 and began dating right before the start of filming for ‘Southern Charm’ Season 6. While Joe made an actual appearance on the show over a romantic dinner at Kathryn’s house, his blurred out allegedly-nude photos made an appearance as well — on the latter, Chelsea and Madison provided some commentary.

Maybe this was misinterpreted…?
…OK, maybe not.

In addition to comparing his genitals to a “mangina” and those of a Ken doll, Joe claims in his court filing that the “intentional and malicious blurring” of the photos implied that his genitals could be seen in the photo.

In the legal complaint, Joe’s attorney Aaron Edwards states that the original photo was not an explicit one, and that production blurred it in a way to make it look like it was. 

In court documents obtained by Showbiz Cheat Sheet, it’s stated that the photos “require no blurring,” as no private parts were shown in the original photo.

 “His penis cannot be seen, nor could it be described,” the documents state. “Kathryn Dennis could not have possibly walked in with anybody ‘looking at a picture of her boyfriend’s pecker.’ These statements are false, and Defendants [Madison] LeCroy, [Chelsea] Meissner, and the Corporate Defendants knew they were false. These statements were made knowingly and with the intent of disparaging Plaintiff Abruzzo and/or to otherwise portray him in a false light in furtherance of the story lines involved in ‘Southern Charm.’”

As for Craig’s role in the lawsuit, Joe accused him of “falsely” alleging that he was a “disgraced politician in Florida” that physically abused his ex-wife.

Craig recently confirmed on Instagram Live that the lawsuit was legit; however, he admitted that he hadn’t read through it all and would “deal with it another day.” 

“I just got served,” he told his followers. ‘They finally found me.” 

Joe is also claiming that the Defendants “falsely and maliciously” compared him to Thomas, an actual disgraced politician who has been criminally charged with assault.  

Patricia and Cameran aren’t named in the lawsuit, but their reactions to Joe’s photos are worthy of a shout-out.

He also maintains that he was the one to end things with Kathryn, not the other way around, as it was portrayed on the show. Joe went on to accuse Bravo of creating “false conflict” and “fabricating” certain scenarios to create “dramatic material for television.” 

In the court docs obtained by Showbiz Cheat Sheet, Joe accuses the ‘Southern Charm’ stars of being coerced by producers and those related to the show’s production into having that conversation 

“Plaintiff Abruzzo is informed and believes, and on the basis of that information and belief, alleges that the entire conversation amongst Altschul, Olindo, Baird, Defendant LeCroy and Defendant Meissner was prompted and/or encouraged by producers, employees, and/or agents of the Corporate Defendants, and Defendants Meissner and LeCroy agreed to discuss Plaintiff Abruzzo and falsely depict the photo in order to falsely state or imply nude photos or photos in which Plaintiff Abruzzo’s penis or ‘pecker’ exist and are in the public domain to be viewed simply by a Google search,” the documents state.

In a statement given to the website, Joe’s attorney explained further.

“They concoct scenarios to create drama and conflict, and they’ll prompt and prod anyone who dares to go beyond the show, but here, take a few shots of tequila before you do it,” he said.

Joe is asking for $10 million for the “emotional distress” he has suffered, which he says manifested in “pain, loss of sleep, nervousness, stress, anxiety, damage to reputation” and more. 

This isn’t the first time Joe has been involved in some courtroom drama as a direct result of his brief relationship with Kathryn. As The Ashley told you in November, Joe provided witness testimony about Kathryn during her extremely drawn-out custody battle with Thomas.

“I knew I liked that guy!”

During the nine-hour deposition, Joe slammed his Kat’s parenting skills and made accusations regarding her alcohol consumption and mental state — even going as far as to describe her as being “impaired” frequently throughout their roughly two-month courtship. 

RELATED STORY: Ashley Jacobs Gives Her Thoughts on Ex Thomas Ravenel Rekindling His Relationship with Kathryn Dennis: “I Guess Toxic Attracts Toxic” 

(Photos: Bravo; Instagram) 


  1. So he’s mad that they commented about his size? I’m dead. Welcome to ladies locker room talk lmfao

    Now, on the other side of this, it was wrong of his ex to release those photos. That’s who he should be suing.

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    One of my favorite shows and I don’t even remember this guy. That’s how big of a reputation he left on me. He just wants money how sad dude stop leave these people alone. Especially Craig and Chelsea they don’t even remember either!!!!!!

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    Nobody really cared Joe .you are the one creating attention. You knew what you signed up for when you started dating Kathryn.. you agreed to be on the show.. when you weren’t around anymore no one noticed . You are making yourself look silly

  4. The photos were not posted online by Senator Abruzzo. They were shared PRIVATELY (pun intended) with ex-wife Brandi. It was she who maliciously posted them online as an act of so-called revenge porn. They were not really pornographic as Joe’s Johnson was almost totally blocked by the large vanity.

    I saw the original post by Brandi and can state under oath that only a small portion of pudenda near the groin could be seen. While the length of his junk was indeterminate, the width seemed proportionate to his buff physique, so his lawsuit has merit, even if ill-advised.

    That’s what happens when you don’t have to pay your lawyer. They probably told him it was a weiner-weiner situation. (Sorry, Joe, couldn’t resist!)

    If Joe is guilty of anything, it is poor judgment in his choice of partners. There’s an old saying, “you never really know a woman until you divorce her.”

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      You ever watch The Office when Michael says to Jan’s lawyer”What do you call a boat load of lawyer’s going over a cliff”? A good start!!!! That is hilarious

  5. Can you sue people for being meanie-faces by comparing your genitalia to a ken doll? If that’s their opinion, that’s their opinion. How about you as a very grown man, grow up and stop posting pictures of yourself nude or semi nude online, that kind of need for attention at his age is just embarrassing.

    1. Totally was thinking the same thing. Why would you send or post these kinds of pics especially if you’re old enough to understand what could happen with them on the internet??? Also you’re dating someone on a reality show and just realized the show “creates” storylines?! Of course once the producers found out about the pics they “filmed” everyone’s reaction to them. It’s childish but welcome to reality TV.

  6. Here’s a thought, maybe the problem wasn’t his small penis but maybe the ladies have huge cavernous, bored out, sloppy fun tunnels. Or, he is hung like a Ken Doll

    stay lit

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      How cares about your penis. I think your bald ass is just trying to get money because you don’t have a job. Not every man is hung like John Holmes. Pull your bottom lip up off the floor and act like you have a jokingly side. Life is too short (haha) to act like a teenager the first time you heard the truth about your Little Henry.

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