Southern Charm star Ashley Jacobs has spent the past few weeks insisting all is well when it comes to her relationship with boyfriend Thomas Ravenel. However, with each passing day, there are more reports and rumblings that seem to indicate that there are cracks in the couple’s relationship.
As reported over the weekend, Thomas and Ashley are facing a possible lawsuit from Thomas’s ex-girlfriend Luzanne Otte, over allegations the couple harassed her online, with the help of a blog, for months. And according to a new report, Thomas, who is already facing accusations of sexual assault from two women, including a rape allegation from a former nanny, is eager to put this new legal issue behind him…even if it means throwing Ashley under the bus in the process.
In an interview from earlier this year, Luzanne, 37-yr-old California attorney, revealed how the harassment began.
“It all started in late January, six months since I had last seen Thomas, or spoken to him. Thomas and Ashley Jacobs had been posting my first name all over social media for a few days,” said Luzanne. “The first time I saw my first and last name in print was on a gossip blog, administered by a friend of Thomas and Ashley. This continued over and over again, and I was being accused of stalking and wanting a relationship with Thomas. Neither of those things were true.”
To show she means business with her legal case, Luzanne has enlisted the help of a prominent Atlanta lawyer, L.Lin Wood, who has represented heavyweights such as Dr. Phil McGraw in past libel cases.
And now, Fits News is reporting that Ashley has also lawyered up, days after they first broke the news of the possible lawsuit. Ashley has reportedly retained the services of South Carolina immigration attorney Bradley Banias to represent her. As for Thomas, he has also retained a new lawyer – criminal defense attorney Cameron Blazer.
The best part of the article however comes in the form of a quote from a source who is familiar with the case. According to this source, Thomas wants nothing to do with this possible lawsuit and seems “willing to throw (Ashley) under the bus” if necessary. Ouch!
This isn’t the first time sources close to Thomas have made startling statements about Ashley to the press. Just last month, a report came out stating that Thomas wanted to dump Ashley. And let’s not forget those pesky rumors that Thomas tried to end things with Ashley in the past, but she allegedly threatened him into staying in the relationship.
As for Luzanne, she is reportedly refusing to back down until she receives a public apology from Thomas for all the harassment she endured. That seems rather fair and reasonable.
The first part of the Southern Charm reunion airs tonight on Bravo at 9/8c.
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